FG reinstates commitment to tack cybercrime

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Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami

The Minister of Communicationsand Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has said the federal government is commitment to tackle cybercrime decisively as internet penetration is on the increase in the country.

He stated this during the conference on cyber-crime organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission held in Abuja.

The Minister in his remarks at the programme stated that the conference is necessitated on the need to effectively deliberate on novel solutions to solving the challenge of cyber-crime in the nation’s communication industry.

He said that the event is of relevant following the increasing rate of internet penetration and internet of things( IoT) in the country .

“This is in consonance with the prediction made by Western digital that by 2025 there will be up to 46.9 billion IoT applications that will be connected to the internet globally, it is an indication that internet potent challenges,”he said.

The Minister then posited that one of the ways of solving the challenges of Cyber-crimes is ‘the need to engage one another, organize conference that brings about solutions on how to secure our country.

Accordingly, he further explained that the need to create awareness, build capacity, ensure that the critical infrastructure is secured and to come up with policies and laws to curb cybercrime are core to the President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.

The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta In a chat with press disclosed that the key aim of the gathering is to boost the telecommunication subscriber’s confidence on data privacy and security.

He further indicated that ‘in addition to existing regulations and policies put forward by the commission to curb cybercrime, the agency is committed to formulating policies in ensuring safe cyber-space for users’.

Also, DCP Uche Ifeanyi, representing the Interpol Abuja office said that cyber-crime is mainly caused by greed among some populace and called on stakeholders to concertedly work together in the aspect of information sharing to end the menace of cyber crimes.

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