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Nigeria not fighting cybercrimes enough, says Angaye


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Former Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof Officer Angaye, has accused the Federal Government of not doing enough in combatting the menace of cybercrimes in the country.

Delivering a keynote address at a retreat organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for members of the Senate Communications Committee at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, at the weekend, Angaye said the existence of Cyber Crime Act 2015 was not enough to combat the activities of cyber thieves in the country.

He argued that much more is still needed to be done in the area of raising the skilled manpower needed in the area of cybercrimes.

The forum, which had “Improving Socio-Economic Development f the Nation through Qualitative Telecoms Services” as its theme, had all members of the committee, except its chair, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, in attendance. He  was, however, represented by his Deputy, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The university don, who acknowledged the critical role telecoms has played in the economy and the milestones so far attained, however, said much still needed to be done concerning regulatory approach to qualitative telecoms services delivery in the country.

According to him, there is need to simplify the licensing regime to accommodate rapid technological changes and emerging competition in the industry, adding that reviewing the regulatory framework will attract more private sector players.

Angaye said there is also need to facilitate convergence through unified licensing framework; strengthen infrastructure sharing framework; coordinated policy to engender the transversal services such as financial inclusion development; bridging existing ICT access gaps in areas that are not viable; stimulating investment content and internet management via exchange pints and a robust regulatory framework for the operation of certificate authorities (CA), digital certificates and crpyptography.