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Akunyili identifies three policy directions

By Nnamdi Ojiego
Activities of Internet fraudsters seem to be giving Nigeria’s internet stakeholders some sleepless night.
However, in a move to curb the disturbing menace, Nigeria’s telecom regulatory agency, the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC and another internet related company, Digital Sense Africa, last week organised a one day forum to assess the dept of damage the fraudsters have done to the collective good of Nigeria’s economy and perhaps, proffer solutions to curtail their advancements.

The chairman of the occasion and the founder of Linkserve Limited, Chief Chima Onyekwere expressed sadness over the quick spread of cyber crimes in Nigeria, and berated ICT stakeholders for lacking the lobbying capacity to curb the antecedents.

According to him, what the country needed was something that will deter people from indulging in the crime. Onyekwere suggested the establishment of cyber crime agency like EFCC, ICPC, and others to fight the ugly trend. He said this can only be possible if the stakeholders can send a bill to the National Assembly to the effect.

In his contributions, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria(IXPN) who also spoke on the cyber crime and security, among other issues stated that one of the solutions of the internet crimes is to blacklist the IPL of every scammer. He also encouraged change of attitude among the internet users.

Other speakers who shed light on the security of the internet users included Mrs. Mary Uduma, vice president of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Management Committee Board; Mr. Gbenga Sesan, executive director of Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria; and Mr. Lanre Ajayi, director, Internet Service Providers’ Association of Nigeria (ISPAN).

Speaking on the purpose of the forum, the executive director, Digital Sense Africa, Mrs. Nkemdirim Nweke said the purpose of the forum was to act as a rallying point for Nigerian Internet stakeholders in raising and addressing salient issues concerning the ICT sector with particular reference to the Internet Governance-related issues and development in Nigeria.

According to her, the forum was also put together to offer the stakeholders the needed platform to articulate a stand on Internet Governance, and to act as a preparatory forum toward the Internet Governance Forum holding in Sharm, El Sheikh, Egypt, this month.

Internet, a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standardised Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide, has in no small measure, made life more meaningful for mankind. Access to people and information practically anywhere in the world has become quicker, cheaper, and easier.


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