By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Worried by the sharp practices associated with the new information technology across the glob, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) disclosed that it is ready to partnership with government at all levels in Nigeria to tackle the menace of cyber thefts that had bedeviled the nation in recent times.
The Agency as a result of the development had declared that efforts must be made to keep all Nigerians breath to acquire enough knowledge and enlightenment to stay safe over the insecurity surrounding the use of Cyberspace.
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Isa Ibrahim disclosed this in a welcome address delivered at a-one-day cyber security Sensitization Workshop organized by the agency for States in the North-Central Zone of Nigeria held in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Tuesday.
The Director-General lamented that the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) came with challenges in cyberspace which is currently breeding ground that had caused lots of security havocs to both individuals and nations world over.
According to him ‘ the major crimes that followed the advent of ICT had been that of financial frauds and arbitrary hawking of private information of individuals, government and nongovernmental organizations’
Ibrahim also stressed the need for government at all levels to give priority to physical and cyber securities as part of their obligation to protect the lives and property of citizens in the hands of criminal elements.
The Director-General however, solicited the support of government towards investment in cyber firms which he said would boost tremendously the economy as well as cyber warfare of so many nations using digital technologies.
He therefore, urged participants at the workshop to be alive in affording themselves the opportunity of the proactive update tips on Stay-Safe in the use of ICT that would be presented to them during the seminar.
Speaking on behalf of Benue, Kwara, Plateau, Kogi, and Nasarawa States that make up the North-Central zone in Nigeria, the Kogi State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya praised NITDA for putting in place the workshop which she described as timely in averting the hazards faced by the people using cyberspace.
The commissioner gave the assurance that the states in North-Central zone will key into the efforts of finding lasting solution to the problem of fraudulent activities linked with the use of cyberspace.
She expressed delight over the choice of Kogi as venue for the workshop and called on the Agency to continue to organise more of such enlightenment seminar.