By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar. Garba Danbatta
has cautioned Nigerians to be circumspect in accepting information about 5G, saying that misinformation about 5G technology has the potential of derailing the launch of the new technology in our clime.
The EVC sounded the caution at the capacity building programe for members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) on Tuesday at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja.
He expressed worry that many Nigerians, including citizens in more civilized countries were hooked on the notion that the introduction of 5G technology was the reason behind the spread of the novel COVID-19 Pandemic and advised them to align with the contemporary belief that the network poses no risk to humans unless proved orderwise in future research.
According to him, the misconception was even made worse because those saddled with the responsibility of informing, educating and enlightening the average Nigerian telecom consumers were also bereft of the knowledge of this new technology and hitched a ride on the band wagon of doubters, hence the need to build capacity of the media to reposition them for better reportage.
“A lot of falsehoods and misinformation have been peddled both on online and traditional media outlets about the health and safety implications of deploying 5G technology.
“According to a recent landmark economy study conducted by Qualcomm, 5G will affect the global economy and drive growth exponentially.
“5G’s full economic effect will likely be realized across the globe by 2035, supporting a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.2 trillion worth of goods and services. This impact will be much greater than the current 46 network.”
“When fully deployed, 5G will provide increased speed and bandwidth as well as provide deeper coverage to reach people in rural or challenging locations. In addition, 5G will provide strong security for the various sectors of government and private organizations.
“Due to its sheer scale and scope, the ITU predicts 5G will accelerate the achievements of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) from affordable and clean energy to zero hunger.
“This is the reason why training such as this is necessary for members of NITRA who have continued to cover the ICT industry in Nigeria.”
“We will ensure that the NCC maintains this training periodically for our crucial stakeholders in the media to ensure that the information that reaches the average Nigerian is accurate and timely.
“It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that whatever we want to introduce to the Nigerian telecoms space is well understood by Nigerians and all those who make use of our telecoms services.”
He charged the participants to take the training serious and take advantage of it to expand on their horizons.
“This is very necessary so that when we report events or activities relating to the industry, we are able to translate them into a language that the common man will readily understand,” he added.
He further assured that the Commission will continue to support capacity building and other initiatives which foster closer interaction and build stronger relationship with your members.
“It is our tradition at the NCC to ensure that our stakeholders and partners from the Media are well equipped with the knowledge and required skill-set to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.
“Advancements in Information and Communications Technoiogy (iCT) have reshaped every facet of our human endeavour from how we learn, teach and communicate to advancements in medicine, transportation, space exploration and many more.”
Earlier in his remarks, the President of Digital Bridge Institute, Prof. Mohammed Ajia said the capacity building was fitting for journalists to prepare them for the emerging challenges of the moment.
He promised that the DBI would always tbriw its doors open to actualise the objectives of the present administration