Stakeholders in Nigeria will come together on August 11, 2009 in Lagos for a one-day public forum to deliberate on the health concerns arising from mobile phones and base stations.
The forum with the theme â€œMobile phone, Base Stations and Health Concernsâ€â€ is being hosted by ITWorld Intâ€™l Magazine in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders in the industry.
This event is taking place as part of the magazineâ€™â€™s contribution to engender public discourse on issues of public interest to Nigerians on the use of mobile phones and base stations.
The forum will adequately provide information to participants on growing fears that base stations and mobile phones pose risk to health. The editor/chief executive officer of ITWorld Intâ€™l Magazine, Enyi Moses said:
â€œâ€œThe increased use of mobile phones in Nigeria and around the world has raised public interest in possible health issues (if any) associated with exposure to electromagnetic energy. People are concerned about the health and safety effects arising from possible harmful emissions from mobile phone handsets and base stations.
â€œâ€œThe fears have been elevated to such a level that those who live close to base stations express unnecessary concerns and are beginning to converge to pressure government to order that base stations be cited away from city centres and residential areas. It is the need to provide adequate answers to these growing fears that concerned stakeholders are converging to give the true and scientific reports on the effect of base stations and mobile handsets to humans.
â€œâ€œIt is therefore crucial that the Nigerian public is correctly educated to allay their fears that these allegations about base stations and mobile phones are not only unfounded but baseless and not supported by any scientific proof.
It is noteworthy that across Europe and the US base stations and cell sites are sited on top of rooftops of residential buildings without anybody losing sleep about cancer and radiations.
The forum will make the issues of radiation from mobile phone systems and base stations more understandable. It will also provide definitive answers to questions and issues such asÂ what is radiation?
Â· Are there any health risks if you live or work near a base station?
Â· Can I get brain cancer or any other related illness from using mobile phones?
Confirmed speakers at this one day forum include William Saad, MD/CEO of IHS Plc; Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Executive Vice Chairman Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); Wale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive MTN Nigeria, keynote presentations from the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Mobile Manufacturers Association based in Belgium, Europe.