Digital Economy: Legislators, Stakeholders Call For Swift Actions Against Cyber Crime
Digital Economy: Legislators, Stakeholders Call For Swift Actions Against Cyber Crime


By James Mshelia
To provide broad-based approach and strategies for policy implementation in tackling the nation's digital technology and cybersecurity crises for the swift advancement of the country, the Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology and Cybercrime has organized the 2021 edition of the International legislative-stakeholders conference on digital technology and cybersecurity, in Abuja.
The programme supported by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, with the theme: “The Digital Theatre and the future of Nigeria" will avail panacea in curbing the crisis and the procedures for achieving it.
The Conference provides a platform for experts worldwide from the diverse fields of digital technology and its application to cross-fertilise ideas that will support Nigeria to protect and sustain her interests in the Digital space in a complex threat environment for now and the future.
Speaking at the event, Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who was represented by Senator Hassan Hadejia stated that "Cybersecurity issues have emerged as a by-product of the revolution, resulting in the need to devise ways of mitigating or containing its threat. This is in line with the tendencies of inventions to come with weaknesses, which society has to respond to in order to enhance the chances of a seamless application".
Lawan urged the organisser of the Conference to carry along the Judiciary and Security Agencies, as any investigation done by them without the synergy of the Judiciary will be time wasted and effort.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator (Dr) Yakubu Oseni, while declaring the event open, said that the conference was meant to review evolving dimension in the digital ecosystem, create awareness, expand capacity and boost appropriate synergy in the relationship of stakeholders.
"Our economy is already suffering hugely from cyber related crimes, though most of these attacks go unreported for fear of public anxiety and apprehension", he asserted.
Oseni further stressed that it is paramount for all stakeholders to put their hands on deck and change the ways things are being done to protect the country from the increasingly rampaging of cybercrime menace affecting the operations, thereby stunting the growth and development of the country.
"Our experiences from COVID-19 pandemic have further shown the gaps in our digital and cyber ecosystem, thereby exposing a wider yearning for accelerated mitigation efforts that will help in closing such gaps", he added.
“ICT has become the key infrastructure. It also promises to make the world a much safer place, as it is now the major vehicle for security surveillance and investigation".
The United State Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Mary Beth Leonard affirmed that while digital technologies create exciting new opportunities, they also introduce new threats and risks of misuse.
"As Nigeria looks toward a future of greater economic diversification, growth, and inclusion, the United States will continue to partner with Nigeria to further catalyse this country’s entrepreneurial, innovative spirit, harness its significant market size, and help realize the potential of its young and creative population,” she revealed.
In his remarks, the Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, represented by Head Legal Unit, Barrister Emmanuel Edet said “Nigeria is ranks 35th on doing e-business online globally and while we are at it, we need safe cyber space,” he added.
He said NITDA is ensuring that it uses IT to develop the economy in Nigeria and while doing that, cannot ignore the dangers which include cyber crime and insecurity.
Inuwa averred that the Agency is doing a lot in the area of cyber awareness with the zeal to keep the public abreast with the latest tips on online presence, phishing and other related cyberattacks which has saved lot of Nigerians from the menace of cybercrime.

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