Monday, 6 April 2020

"Don't install 5G mast in C'River if..." NAPTAN warns Ayade

 





Ukorebi Esien | 6th April, 2020. 






As the confusion on the dangerous effects of the recently lunched 5G network by a Chines company called Huawei Technologies Co and its connection with the ravaging Covid19, continues to trail major news headlines across the globe, The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN has sent a message to the digital governor of Cross River State. 


In its, message addressed to parents and students and signed by the Cross River State Chairman, Prof. Boniface Ogbu Odey, the group called on Governor Ayade to properly investigate the 5G network before contemplating installing its mast in the state. 


Prof. Odey who spoke on the behalf of parents in the state, warned that the there's need to ensure the 5G network was not harmful in any way to human existence before it is finally activated in Cross River State. 

"Parents hereby advise the Government that, the installation of 5G Masts in our States should be thoroughly investigated and proved harmless to human existence before the final activation of the G5 Network Services in our Cities." He warned. 


In his address, Prof. Odey, called on parents and students alike to understand and keep faith with government for shutting down academic activities stating that it was for the overall interest of the generality of Cross Riverians as the decision to shut down schools is a positive one at this critical time. 

"My dear Parents and Students, the suspension of academic work in our educational institutions should not be taken in bad light, but positive decision in this critical circumstances.

...those countries in Europe that failed to do same when they ought to have done so, bore the dire consequences.
To this end therefore, there is need to lock down in order not to be knocked out, we should all stay safe to return strong at the end." He explained. 



Professor Boniface Ogbu Odey's statement reads in parts: 

Dear Parents, Pupils and Students in Cross River State. 
We are not oblivious of the COVID-19 Pandemic ravaging the Globe recently.
It all started in Wuhan, China in the latter part of 2019 and has spread in most parts of Western Europe including the United States of America. And the mortality rate has been huge which explains the reasons the World Leaders have approached the pandemic from all fronts...



... Having said this, it is against the backdrop that State Governors in the Federation including our digital Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade also declared a lockdown in the State as a precautionary measure to nip the Corona Virus in the bud. Not only were schools shut down for a month, but movements were restricted in and out of Calabar since 23rd of March, 2020. 


My dear Parents and Students, the suspension of academic work in our educational institutions should not be taken in bad light, but positive decision in this critical circumstances. For those countries in Europe that failed to do same when they ought to have done so, bore the dire consequences.
To this end therefore, there is need to lock down in order not to be knocked out, we should all stay safe to return strong at the end.


For God is mindful of us all under the umbrella of NAPTAN and all the good people of Cross River State. We remain loyal to the Government of Cross River State in particular and the Federal Government in general, we shall continue to partner with them in this period of trial, and together we shall triumph over this COVID-19.


Finally, Parents hereby advise the Government that, the installation of 5G Masts in our States should be thoroughly investigated and proved harmless to human existence before the final activation of the G5 Network Services in our Cities..


God bless you all. 


Prof. Boniface Ogbu Odey.

Chairman, NATIONAL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (NAPTAN), Cross River State Chapter





It should be recalled that in November last year, a Telecommunications giant in Nigeria, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc showcased the fifth generation network technology 5G in Calabar to its customers ahead of its inauguration.


Government functionaries, in Cross River State were in attendance amongst them were members of the state cabinet and a delegation of the state lawmakers led by the speaker of the Assembly. 


Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Ben Ayade, said Cross River was ready to partner with MTN on digital technology.


The governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Aye Henshaw, lauded MTN for choosing Calabar for the show.

"We are glad to have you here. Calabar is a digital city and Cross River is a digital state with a digital governor.

"We will be happy to partner with you as we continue in the development of our smart city project," Ayade said.




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