Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami says the 5G network will be deployed in January 2022, and will aid surveillance against vandalism of public assets.

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami says the 5G network will be deployed in January 2022, and will aid surveillance against vandalism of public assets.

He announced this at a Town Hall Meeting to address vandalism of power and telecommunications infrastructure in Maiduguri, the Bono state capital.

The event, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture, was attended by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and  his Deputy, Usman Kadafur and other stakeholders.

The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed led the other Ministers who were panelists at the town hall meeting.

Pantami, who was represented by Commissioner for Technical Services, Nigeria Communication Commission  Ubale Maska, said the 5G network was recently approved by the Federal Executive Council for increased connectivity. He added that while the technology would boost surveillance against criminal elements vandalising public infrastructure across the country, other measures should be put in place to arrest them and bring them to book.

The Minister however, announced that there were over 50,000 telecommunication sites across the country, which made it difficult to man manually except through deployment of modern technology.