By Etuka Sunday
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta yesterday urged telecommunications consumers in Nasarawa State to be alert to the rising wave of Cybercrimes in the country.
Prof. Danbatta spoke at the 107th Edition of the Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Capital.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Danbatta said, is one of the for a initiated by the commission to bring together telecoms consumers in the Urban and Suburban areas with the service providers as well as the Regulator for a face-to-face interactions on telecoms issues affecting the consumers.
The NCC boss said, the various programme have been put in place based on the commission’s understanding that telecom consumers group is one of the important stakeholders in the telecommunications industry.
He said, the need to continuously keep them informed on new developments and issues of concern in the industry is, therefore, held in high esteem by the commission.
The Telecoms guru said, the theme of the event: “Mitigating Effects of Cybercrimes: The Roles of Telecom Consumers” was carefully chosen in order to sensitise telecoms consumers on the rising wave of Cybercrime in its various forms, the dangers it poses and the role which telecoms consumers are expected to play in reducing the impacts of Cybercrimes on them.
The NCC CEO said, realising that liberalization of the telecoms industry has led to an unprecedented increase in the usage of internet-based solutions and services, the commission has initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for Internet Service providers in the country.
The Internet Code is a regulatory intervention expected to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers as well as addressing issues such as online child protection, privacy and data protection among others.
“Let me emphasize at this juncture that while the regulatory intervention and other initiatives are on-going to sanitize our internet space, telecoms consumers must play their role. Thus, the need for you all to take this meeting seriously as we educate you on what your roles should be in minimizing the effect of Cybercrime.
“I urge you to come up with useful suggestions and observations you may have on how we can jointly play roles towards reducing the effects of Cybercrimes on telecoms consumers in this Broardband era,” he said.
He said, “to eliminate Cybercrimes is a tall dream and it is nearly impossible. But we can sensitise consumers on how to protect themselves from the attacks. Cybercrimes will continue to exist as long as there is human existance.”
He therefore, urged the over 1000 participants to educate others in their respective locality since NCC would not be everywhere.