Ministry of Communications is set to combat the incidence of cyber-crime in the country. This will be in partnership with other agencies to develop world-class human and institutional capacity in Cyber security.

Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu said this in an address delivered at the National Computer Science Conference on Cyber Security and the Emerging African Economies at the Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo.

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The minister stressed the  need for other frameworks across all strata of public and private sectors to arrest the spread of Cyber-crime

The minister quoted the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) claim that Nigeria lost about N159bn to cyber crime.

He added that Nigeria is currently losing about N78 billion annually to the activities of cyber criminals who target financial institutions, and government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as their affiliates.

Shittu said the ministry has started sensitising, raising awareness and impacting skills on cyber protection. It has also created the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), to handle computer security incidents.

The team will also examine the implementation framework of the Cyber security Act with amendments where necessary. This is in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

“Cooperative arrangements between law enforcement and communication service provider across the nation and a criminal justice system that facilitate the efficient prosecution of cases of cyber crime are very germane”

ICT Bedrock For Development – Shittu

Shittu said the internet and digital technologies remain the biggest transformation forces in the world.

He said that over 5bn internet-connected devices globally generated over $10bn to the global economy in 2015.

“The cyberspace is virtually co-ubiquitous, operationally more efficient, socio-politically more vibrant, and economically as resourceful and information-wise more integrated and has become a fundamental feature.”

“The changing nature of economic and territorial threats has become a major concern. The growing role of cyberspace has opened up new opportunities and threats as a country.”

“We have to find ways to confront and overcome these threats to remain functional as a sovereign entity in an increasingly competitive and globalised world.”

He said the ministry is partnering with stakeholders to build requisite ICT and cyberspace capacities in the country. This is in line with President Buhari’s assertion that ICT is the envisaged bedrock of Nigeria’s Change Agenda.

Shittu Charges African Countries On Cyber-Crime

He therefore, appealed to African countries to urgently scale up efforts to combat cyber crimes through a multi-stakeholders approach.

He said this approach should involve government, industry and civil society organisations within the context of the AU Convention on Cyberspace Security and Protection of Personal data. It will stem the threats posed by cyber criminals to their national economic security.

Shittu said such strategies should include; cyber resilience by preparing for the known, unknown, predictable and unpredictable risks.

He urged organisers to give him the blueprint of the conference for immediate implementation.