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Nigerian National Assembly to tackle cyber crime

January 27, 2010 • Security

The Nigerian senate is determined to rid the West African country of the menace of cyber crime that has become a global concern, the country’s Senate Committee on Communication has said.

The National Assembly plans to galvanize its machinery to update its cyber crime and cyber security strategies to ensure that Nigeria becomes a cyber crime-free zone.

To achieve this, the committee has finalized plans to address the challenge at a national workshop on cyber crime prevention and control to be held on February 11 in Abuja. The workshop is being organized in conjunction with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Chris Uwaje, president of the Institute of Software practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), said the need to come up with a formidable strategy to curb this threat could not be over-emphasized.

He said many countries around the globe had begun to establish formidable strategies towards eliminating the scourge and Nigeria could not afford to lag behind.

The theme of the workshop is “Cyber crime as a National Emergency: Evolving Policy Strategies and Legal Framework for the Protection a of Wireless Economy”. It is expected to attract a sizeable and distinguished number of core stakeholders and participants across the country and from the ECOWAS sub-region.

Sylvester Anyanwu, chairman of Senate Committee on Communication, said the whole world was facing a formidable challenge presented by cyber crime.

Nigeria, with about 95 percent of its ICT Infrastructure built on the wireless model, could be classified as highly vulnerable to cyber crime and cyber security.

by Ikechukwu Osodo

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