The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami has stated that Nigeria is ensuring that 5G technology is not exploited; after it goes into effect.
Pantami spoke when he received the Security and Emergency Management Award (SAEMA) for his implementation of policies; against cyber attacks and related crimes on Monday, August 30.
The Minister recalled that since assuming office; security agencies have been getting the ministry’s support regarding technology.
“It is their work to leverage technology, it is not our duty to say this is what to achieve. What they require, we have provided 100 per cent and we will continue to do that”, he said.
On 5G technology deployment, the Minister explained that the government started the process in 2020 but was confronted with the COVID-19 conspiracy theory.
Pantami cited the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that 5G and coronavirus were not related.
He confirmed that the Draft Policy would be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) after the Working Group concludes its assignment.
The team comprises professionals in technology, health, environment, and security sectors.
“They have been working for over one year on the policy of deployment of 5G in Nigeria. We want to be sure there is no vacuum that can exploited to the detriment of the citizens”, Pantami added.
The minister said after FEC’s approval, the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) will assign Spectrum to the NCC for onward release to telcos and internet service providers.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Sunday, August 30, said the judgement of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, is praiseworthy.
According to him, the fight against the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); not only corroborated the struggle for restructuring via litigation but also strengthened the campaign.
Falana urged all state governments to team up with Rivers State Government to defend the judgement.
However, Falana warned that the FIRS should not be prevented from collecting VAT; pending the hearing and determination of the appeal. He said the dispute over the enforcement authority of VAT; should not call for anarchy.
The lawyer added that, if implemented, Lagos State Government, believed to contribute about 70 per cent of VAT; would be the greatest beneficiary, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 15 per cent contribution to VAT.