Nigerian government on Tuesday promised to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by 5G for the economy, security, and well-being of the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this during the presentation of the National Policy on 5G technology approved at the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
The President has directed all security institutions to immediately leverage the new technology to enhance security in the country.
Buhari also allayed fears over the health safety of 5G, affirming that such issues have been “effectively addressed” in developing a Policy that suits the country.
On the benefits of 5G technology, the President noted that it can support virtually every sector of the economy, including enhanced connectivity, improved healthcare, support education while fostering smart cities and boosting agriculture, among other advantages.
He said: “It will also support security institutions with real-time communication. 5G technology is significantly faster than earlier digital technologies and it provides near real-time communication. This can play a key role in boosting our efforts towards enhancing security across the nation.
“It will enable our security institutions to effectively deploy robotics, autonomous vehicles, augmented and virtual reality to address any security challenges that we face.”
He explained that the National 5G Policy includes a deployment plan to ensure that major cities across the country benefit from the technologies.
Buhari added that the policy is in line with the commitment of his administration to supporting the digital economy as an enabler of economic diversification.
He assured investors that the Federal Government would continue to provide an enabling environment for their businesses to succeed as Nigeria begins the roll-out of the technology.
President Buhari directed the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, to supervise the implementation of the Policy, being done by the Nigerian Communications Commission with the support of other government institutions.