Stakeholders in Nigeria’s cyberspace have been urged by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to help curtail cybercrime in the country by sharing cybersecurity best practices and ensuring speedy implementation of requisite policies.
The Vice President said this in his address speech while declaring the Cyber Secure Nigeria 2019 conference open in Abuja. He was represented by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu. The theme of the conference was “Implementing Cyber Security and Data privacy practices in Nigeria.”
Mr Osinbajo said nobody, organisation or entity is immune to cybercrime victimisation as a result of the sophistication and severity of cybercrime, particularly in 2018. He said this was the reason for all to jointly end the menace to ensure a secure Nigeria else every internet user would be a victim.
He also added that cybersecurity has become so essential, as individual and national development increasingly rely on Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He commended that the conference is very apt and also a welcome development in line with the policy thrust of the federal government through the Ministry of Communications and in view of the rampant activities of cybercriminals and internet scammers, popularly known in Nigeria as “yahoo yahoo”
He urged the conference to generate ideas on combating cyberthreat, curtailing cyber-crime and ensuring data privacy practices in Nigeria, as well as to produce a useful outcome for submission to the federal government. He promised that the federal government would assess various submissions emanating from the conference and put them to use