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NCC Clears the Air Over Conspiracy Theories on 5G Technology and Coronavirus



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NCC has squashed Lots of Conspiracy theories going on over 5G Technology & COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak.

Question & Answer from NCC Over 5G Technology & Coronavirus

NCC Clears Doubts Over 5G Technology, Coronavirus

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, released the statement below on speculations linking the coronavirus disease with 5G telecommunications technology.

The statement was approved Sunday by Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Director, Public Affairs of the NCC.

“In view of the recent development in which misleading materials with no proven evidence are being circulated to link CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 with 5G Technology, it has become imperative for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to provide the following clarifications:

Firstly, there is no correlation between 5G Technology and COVID-19. 5G is an advancement in today’s 4G technology, designed to transform the world positively.

Secondly, there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment. The NCC, back in November 2019, approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months, and the trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.

The trial, among others, was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders, including members of the security agencies, were invited to participate during the trial.

The NCC will continue to maintain its policy of technology neutrality and will continue to encourage Service Providers to deploy the best technology that will meet the needs of the society in a secure and friendly manner.


The following are some Frequently Asked Questions :

  1. What is 5G?

Ans: 5G is the fifth generation of mobile technology which is an improvement in today’s 4G technology with enhanced capabilities. The 5G technology provides the platform for new and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data to improve the way we live and work.

     2. Do we have a 5G network in Nigeria now?

Ans:  No. There is no 5G network in Nigeria at the moment. What we had was a trial test for 3 months which has since been concluded.

  1. When are we expecting  5G in Nigeria?

Ans. No exact time frame but when conditions are right and all doubts are cleared.

  1. Do we have a spectrum for 5G in Nigeria?

Ans. Yes, particularly the millimeter-wave spectrum from 24GHz and above are available.  

  1. Have we given out a 5G spectrum to operators?

Ans. No. It will be auctioned at the appropriate time.

  1. Is there 5G deployment around the world?

Ans. Yes, in countries like South Korea, China, the USA, Germany, and others since the middle of 2019.

  1. Is the radiation from 5G different from those of 2G, 3G, and 4G?

Ans. No, they all belong to the same class of non-ionizing radiation.

  1. Who is going to Allocate spectrum for 5G in Nigeria?

Ans. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) Chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has the responsibility for allocating bulk spectrum for various services.

  1. Should I be concerned about 5G technology?

Ans. No, nothing to worry about. Safety and human health are top priorities in the design and deployment of 5G.

  1. What are the benefits of 5G?

Ans. 5G technology will transform the world by connecting everything with everybody.  It will create millions of jobs, it will add billions of dollars to the economy (GDP), and can solve some of our problems such as insecurity and improve governance and efficiency in the society.

  1. Is 5G causing CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19?

Ans. No, there is no link whatsoever between 5G and CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19.

  1. Should I ignore all the negative narratives I am hearing about 5G?

Ans. No, but rely on information from world standards-making bodies such as WHO, ITU, IEEE and industry experts for advice when in doubt.

  1. Is there a standard limit set for Radiation from mobile devices?

Ans. Yes, there is radiation emission limits set by the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) below which the radiation is considered safe for humans.

  1. Are the mobile network operators in Nigeria conforming to the Radiation emissions limits?

Ans. Yes, also the NCC has been regularly conducting measurements of radiation emissions from base stations across the country and they are all well below the set limits.

  1. Is 5G the same as fiber cable?

Ans. No, fiber cable is a terrestrial technology for broadband that existed for decades while 5G is a new mobile technology for enhanced quality of service as explained in Question 1 above.

  1. Are there other sources of radiation apart from mobile base stations?

Ans. Yes, there are other sources of radiation which include television stations, radio broadcast stations,  wifi and so on. They all belong to the class of radiation considered to be safe for humans when operated below the set limits.

  1. Who owns 5G?

Ans. 5G is not owned by anybody but a collection of technologies, standards and processes agreed at the international level by standards-making bodies.

  1. Has NCC issued licenses for 5G in Nigeria?

Ans. No,  NCC has not issued any license for 5G in Nigeria. NCC is technology-neutral as such we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by NFMC.

  1. Why are some operators rolling out fiber during the lockdown period?

Ans. As a result of the lockdown, the amount of voice and data usage has increased by huge amounts and there is a need to expand the network to provide optimum quality of service to users sitting at home.  Telecom is also critical for information dissemination during the lockdown.”

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First Batch of Fleeing Nigerians Arrive from Ukraine



No fewer than 427 Nigerians based in Ukraine arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday Morning.




They arrived en route Romania via Max Air.

This is according to an update by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on its Twitter handle.

The passengers, numbering over 400 from Romania, landed at the private jet terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by 7:10 am (WAT) via a Max Air flight on Friday. They are mostly students who fled Ukraine to Romania following Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European country.

They were reportedly received by government officials and are expected to undergo documentation after which they will head home and self-isolate in line with the COVID-19 protocols. The Federal Government said they will be given some money to enable them to get to their destinations.

Friday’s flight, which was billed to arrive a day earlier, was delayed as the Federal Government cited a hitch in preparing passengers for the check-in process.

Asides Romania, the pickup flights will evacuate Nigerians from Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier said about 5, 000 Nigerians are eligible for evacuation from the warring region. The country will spend $8.5m on the exercise.

Other flights are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days as nations battle to evacuate their citizens.

Already, several African countries had moved their citizens, mainly students, from the conflict zone. Ghana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa were among the first set of nations to evacuate their citizens amid reports of racism by Ukrainian and Polish officials at the border posts.


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FG approves $8.5 Million for Evacuation of Nigerians in Ukraine



The federal government has approved $8.5m dollars to the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian, Disaster Management, and Social Development, towards the evacuation of over 5,000 (registered and unregistered) Nigerians stranded in Ukraine.



Zubairu Dada the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, made the disclosure on Wednesday, noting that three aircraft would be dispatched to four countries.

Dada noted that the pickup flights would be headed to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. Two flights from Air Peace and one from Max Air are expected to carry out the evacuation exercise.

He assured that all agencies are fully resourced to ensure that aircraft leave on Wednesday to begin the evacuation. He informed that the flights will embark on a number of shifts until the process is complete.



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FG to Begin Evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine Tomorrow



The federal government said the first batch of air-lifting of Nigerian citizens trapped in the war-torn Ukraine is now scheduled to take place Wednesday March 2.




Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, stated this on Monday during a meeting with Geoffery Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja,
The evacuation, earlier planned for Monday, was rescheduled for Wednesday to give enough room for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the House of Representatives and the Nigerian foreign missions in Ukraine, Poland and Russia to complete the formalities of moving Nigerians from inside Ukraine to safe borders with neighboring countries.
The House of representative vowed to give every needed support to the ministry to kick-start the evacuation.


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