President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja called for an overhaul of the National Strategy on Cyber-security, urging more emphasis on exploring the internet for economic growth opportunities, enhancement of knowledge and mitigation of crime.
The President stated this at the launch of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021.
Buhari urged the National Security Adviser to “continue to co-ordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that our Internet and cyberspace are used for the enhancement of national security and economic progression”.
The President noted that the Federal Government had taken some major policy decisions to increase penetration of the internet in the daily lives of citizens, particularly for the utilitarian purpose, with the launch of the National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 in March 2020; National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020 – 2030; National Identity Management programme, Treasury Single Account, (TSA) and the Bank Verification Number, (BVN) schemes.
He added that the Internet and social media have witnessed a surge in the propagation of hate speech, fake news, seditious and treasonable messages, as well as the risks of breaches to personal information and government sensitive data.