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5G: Deployment Won’t Affect Nigerians Health – NCC Assures NASS

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5G: Deployment Won’t Affect Nigerians Health – NCC Assures NASS

The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communication Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta has again assured Nigerians of the safety of their health with the proposed 5G network.

Danbatta gave the assurance when he appeared before the National Assembly joint committee on Communications to defend his commission’s 2022 budget proposal.

The NCC’s response was sequel to the fear raised by some members of the joint committee about the fears being expressed by Nigerians over the deployment of the new technology.

Danbatta said the agency proposed to generate N632.39bn in 2022 from the sale of 5G spectrum to telecommunications firms, among other revenue sources.

He said, “The revenue would be realised through the sales of 5G spectrum, fines among others.

“Concerning the fears about the 5G spectrum, we share the same concern because it is justified and we have been sensitising Nigerians about the safety of the new technology. The 5G network we are going to launch has no harm.”

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“Up till date, there is no credible evidence about the health hazard of the 5G technology, therefore it is safe.”

5G: Deployment Won’t Affect Nigerians Health – NCC Assures NASS

He added that the 5G Spectrum network was good for the economy and the nation’s social transformation.

He said, “There is no medical evidence from the World Health Organisation indicating any harmful effect of the spectrum on the health of the end users.

“NCC has enjoined Nigerians at the national level to disabuse their minds on the purported harmful effect of the spectrum and we will continue to sensitise them on the spectrum until everybody embraces the use of the 5G network,” he explained.

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The Executive Vice Chairman also disclosed that with the launch of Computer Incidence Response Team, telecommunications networks across the country are secured against any form of cyber attack.

“Recently, not up to a month ago, the commission unveiled its computer incidence responsive which is a certified round protection for cyber attacks against telecommunication network.

“I am very very proud to bring this information to the knowledge of the general public, that all over the country our computers are secured from cyber attacks.

“This effort is going to be intensified in order to ensure the safety of our computers,” he noted.

For the commission’s main budget, he said a sum of N86.2bn was proposed for recurrent expenditures, N29.36bn is for Capital while N2.55bn was earmarked for Special Projects.

Danbatta, while defending his agency’s budget before the Senate MTEF/FSP panels in September, had said, the agency could generate up to N400bn from the spectrum auction next year.

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Danbatta said his agency projected a budget of N162bn for 2021. He, however, added that in the first quarter of 2021, “we have exceeded that amount because we were able to generate N181bn.”

“This is because two of our mobile network operators, the MTN and Airtel, requested for spectrum and that really gave us a lot of revenue.”

The NCC boss had said, “Each slot of the 5G spectrum is going for an exact price of N75bn. However, in an auction, it can go as high as N100bn.

“The exact price for the Spectrum auction, in 2022 will give the Federal Government, N300bn. When the projected revenue is added to it, we are expecting well over N400bn because it is an auction.

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The Federal Government has developed a code of conduct for all social media platforms in the country, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment has disclosed.

Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’ monitored by DAILY INDEPENDENT, Keyamo who is a member of a committee set up by the federal government to meet with Twitter said the social networking site has almost complied with some of the conditions given to it by the government such as payment of taxes and opening of an office in Nigeria.

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Speaking on the code of conduct for all social networking sites, Keyamo said “The federal government is very anxious, not only Twitter. In fact, but we have also developed a code of conduct for all of them”.

“They have agreed to a code of conduct, that is Twitter and every other platform because we are using the example of Twitter to draw code of conduct for all other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all of them” .

“We decided at the committee level that we don’t want to isolate Twitter and give them some kind of bias treatment different from other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and all of that. So, we are developing a code of conduct not for Twitter alone but for the general social media platforms on the responsible social behavior that they must comply with”.
“Code of conduct can be made as bye law under the NBC code because that is broadcast” he said.

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Crypto crashes because of black Friday discount

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Cryptocurrency prices are tanking this morning, with some of the biggest coins recording double-digit percentage drops as the global Black Friday discount shopping event gets underway and fears over a new Covid “variant of concern” spread. The combined crypto market has dropped under $2.5 trillion, down from a peak of around $3 trillion earlier this month.

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Bitcoin (-7%) $53,793
Ethereum (-10%) $3,959
Avalanche (-18%) $103.12
Cro (-19%) $0.6518

The bitcoin price is this morning off by over 7%, with ethereum down by 10%. Bitcoin is quickly falling towards $50,000 while ethereum has edged below the closely-watched $4,000 level. Bitcoin’s price fall comes amid a sharp dip in its hash rate, a measure of the computing power directed at the bitcoin network. Quantum Economic’s Jason Deane spotted the decline.

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Ethereum rivals Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano and polkadot are all down by more than 10% with recent big gainers Crypto.com’s cro and avalanche down by almost 20% since this time yesterday.

Expect a lot of “buy the dip”-style advice from price boosters on Twitter and YouTube today and over the weekend amid claims of a crypto “Black Friday sale.”

Metaverses, the idea that we’ll all soon be living in a virtual world accessed via the likes of social media giant Facebook and VR headsets, could eventually create $1 trillion in annual revenue across the advertising, digital events, e-commerce and hardware industries, research from crypto investment company Grayscale has found.

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It matters because as people’s lives move more online, digital scarcity, smart contracts and online ownership created through bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will help form the foundations of the virtual economy. Video games are already embracing tokenization and Facebook’s rebrand under the Meta umbrella has kicked off a wave of interest in how digital assets will fit into the new virtual economy.

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Igbo Girl Becomes Pilot After Dad Said He’ll Jump Off Plane If He Sees Female Pilot.

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23 Year-Old Igbo Girl Becomes Pilot After Dad Said He’ll Jump Off Plane If He Sees Female Pilot.

Meet – Miracle Izuchuwu, 23-year-old Nigerian born Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot (candidate) and Flight Attendant at American Airlines. She recently joined the elite group of 7% of females and 1% of black female Pilots in the world.

Hear her story...

I grew up in a society that did not encourage young girls to dream big, career-wise.

In 2019, I had an encounter with an Airline Pilot while working as a customer service rep. He opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a Pilot. A few weeks later, I went on a discovery flight that sealed it for me..

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I came home that day, called my father, and told him I was considering becoming a professional Pilot.

He said, and I quote: “if he gets on a plane and sees a woman as the Pilot, he would get off the plane”

words cannot explain the pain and confusion I felt. I needed that validation.

What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender?

In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to shout.

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