Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson yesterday in Abuja warned Nigerians against bringing mobile phones close to their bodies and using it in the rain.
Johnson, represented by Mrs Ngozi Ogujiofor, a Deputy Director in the ministry, gave the advice while speaking after the inauguration of Etisalat Experience Centre.
She said one of the most dangerous devices of communications was the mobile phones, and they could affect health and cause damages to the body.
“Radiation from phones can cause problems, and this is why we are advising the public not to bring phones close to their body or use in the rain.
“The most dangerous and important element in the communications sector is mobile phones, because of the health and other related risks they bring,’’ the minister said.
Mrs. Oguijofor urged telephone companies and operators to carry out sensitisation programmes to enlighten Nigerians on the risks of using mobile phones.
“It is important for operators to also enlighten the public on the risks, because this will also help members of the society to enjoy their lives,’’ Johnson said.
The minister said there were some radioactive elements in the mobile phone which might affect the body and cause cancer and other health challenges.
Johnson said there were possibilities that radio waves produced by mobile phones could interfere with important electrical equipment, such as telecom masts, monitors, hospitals equipments and electrical systems on airplanes.
She said that was the reason the ministry made it mandatory for operators to install their masts five kilometres away from residential areas.
“Mothers should not allow their children to play with mobile phones, especially when they are not of the age of using a mobile phone and are not well educated on the use of it,’’ the minister said.