By Stanley Iwuoha
To align Nigeria with the dynamics of the Information and Communications Technology sector, the Upper Legislative Chamber, the Senate has commenced move to amend the 2015 Cyber security Law to reflect the present realities.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Sen. Yakubu Oseni disclosed this on Monday at the three day International Legislative-Stakeholders Conference on Digital Technology and Cybersecurity Hosted by the Committee in Abuja.
He said there is an ongoing amendment process that will soon come to public notice, after all people of interest had made their own contribution.Sen. Oseni said that the new amendment of the Cybersecurity law is a reflection of Senate commitment to make our cyberspace safe and beneficial to the citizens.
According to him, the law makers are concerned on how to make our youths leverage the cyberspace to make profitable ventures rather than becoming fraudulent to other people.
‘‘As we speak there is an amendment process going on and it will soon come to public notice. We will expect all people of interest to come up and make their own contribution,’’ he stated.
Speaking on the workshop, the Sen. Oseni said the event was organised for stakeholders to share ideas and synergise on how to safeguard Nigeria’s cyberspace now and in future.
‘‘The senate is very much concerned about the cybersecurity threats in Nigeria which that is the essence of this all stakeholders interactive session and we agree in order to safeguard the present and future of Nigeria in terms of cyber security threat.
We are very much concerned about it and there is a lot of issues that have been discussed in the floor of the senate and that was a motion that was raised on the 27th November 2019 on the issue. They know that there is imminent threat on cyber security in Nigeria that is why the motion was moved then and we were mandated to have a stakeholder interactive session.
‘‘This event is more of creating awareness on the damage that the cyber security threats can cause in the economy of Nigeria and we expect that at the end of the day, everybody will be aware and also.
‘‘I am more particular about our youths, they need to know that the knowledge they are using to commit this crimes can be tailored towards legitimate living and earnings.
‘‘My major approach is to create awareness for the youths. ICT is a means of creating jobs for our youths and we are actually advising the government to create an enabling environment where our youths can be engaged legitimately, so that the idea of cyber crimes can be at least reduced because we know that it cannot be completely eliminated,’’ said the lawmaker.