Nigeria Communications Week reports that the country’s Minister of Communications Omobola Johnson has this week announced that the Cyber Security Bill is with the Federal Ministry of Justice for final drafting.
Government officials from the Ministry of Communications have confirmed that the Bill will be ready before the end of the year.
Speaking at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) 11th international conference in Osun State, Minister Johnson said the Bill is expected to address security challenges, particularly online crimes, which is reportedly on the increase because of a lack of legislation.
The Minister is quoted as saying, “The Cyber Security will be ready before the end of the year. The Federal Ministry of Justice is working on a draft that will form executive bill. There will be inputs from stakeholders from the IT industry”.
According to Nigeria Communications Week several draft bills have been sent to the National Assembly since 2006.
There has also been concern amongst stakeholders in the ICT sector over delays in processing the Bill, particularly over what they believe to be a “lack of political will”.
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