Cybercrime: NASS, NCC To Mop Leakages In Communications Act
By Gina Emmanuel
The Senate Committee on Communications in conjunction with the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) has agreed to look at the 2003 Communications Act again, especially as it affects cybercrimes.
This was revealed at the weekend in Lagos, during a ”Retreat For The Senate Committee on Communications”, organised by NCC.
Themed:”Improving The Socio-Economic Development Of The Nation, Through Qualitative Telecommunication Services”.
Speaking, member of the committee, Senator Abiodun Olujimi disclosed that the act need to be upgraded, because there are still some leakages in the Act.
“We have to upgrade it so that we can improve our communication, because communication itself is all about growth, extending to agriculture and to all other areas, without that communication Act our country cannot grow, so we need to do what we have to do.
“Definitely the system has been dynamic, when that Act came into existence most of the things that has been happening now were not envisaged. We didn’t believe that we would have 51 percent penetration in broadband, we didn’t know that we could also have 140 million active lines, definitely problems would arise with such a gigantic development and there is need for us to look at the Act again especially as it affects cyber crime because now, everybody has access to broadband and the crimes that are committed on the internet are beyond it.”
The former Ekiti deputy governor also added that “If you all know now, on facebook I am sure that I have more than 20 Facebook accounts, but I am not on facebook. These are issues that came up with deeper penetration of broadband, ICT and communication. The act must be revealed so that we can ensure that the ability of people to commit crimes through ICT is surfed and communication is a bit better”.
In his keynote address, former Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Angaye, said that there was a positive correlation between telecommunication and socio-economic development of a nation.
He said that the Nigeria ICT policies recognised the central importance of reliable and qualitative access to telecommunications in the achievement of social and economic goals.
According to him, qualitative, affordable and easy access to telecommunication have been identified as key pillars to socio-economic development of a nation.
”There is the need to strengthen our regulatory instrument to accommodate the ever-changing technologies.
”This will protect the citizen from exploitation and ensure adequate revenue for the government,” he said.