In a bid to check the rising wave of cybercrime in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says it is establishing an Internet Industry Code of Practice, IICP
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this today at the 107th Edition of the Consumer Outreach Programme, COP, held in Lafia, Nassarawa state capital.
Danbatta, who was represented at the event by Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau at the Commission, Ismail Adedigba, explained that the objective of the IICP is to come up with a robust framework to sanitize the nation’s cyberspace for telecom consumers.
He said the Commission is taking the proactive step to enlighten telecom consumers on how to checkmate and protect themselves against the scourge.
The EVC, who expressed worry that criminal and illegal activities on the nation’s cyberspace is on the rise, said the enlightenment programme was conceived to ensure adequate consumer education in the state.
The event was themed: Mitigating Effects of Cybercrimes: The Roles of Telecom Consumers.
He further explained that the event was aimed at enlightening the consumers on the threats of cybercrime, its various forms, and measures required of consumers to be protected from any form of cyberattacks.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau,
Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulan said businesses and individuals in every country currently rely on ICT for their day-to-day activities, where Internet is playing a key role in interconnectivity of devices.
She said, “It is a common knowledge that smartphone and other smart devices used by telecom consumers are a storehouse of data-carrying sensitive information about their owners, their families, businesses, associates and daily interactions as well as financial transactions details. Admittedly, the Internet touches almost all aspects of our lives as telecom consumers.
“For me, continuous consumer education and awareness remain one of the most effective ways to protect telecom consumers.
“The Commission is committed to using its various outreach programmes to embark on series of awareness campaigns with a view to keeping consumers well informed on the risks associated with being online, enlightening them on safety measures to be taken once they use connected devices as simple as feature phone, smartphones, and other more sophisticated Internet-enabled devices,” she added.
Meanwhile, all representatives of telecoms operators in present took their turn to explain their roles in curbing Cybercrime and further enlightened their consumers on efforts being made by them.
They equally took their consumers on the expected roles they are to play to be safe whenever they go online.