In line with the provisions of the Act establishing it, the Nigerian Commission (NCC), is seeking collaborations and cooperation of the other arms of government to combat the menace of cyber criminals in our society.
One of such agencies of government is the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC). The NCC hopes to work with the agency in the implementation of the Cyber-crime bill.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, made the request when he paid a courtesy visit to the ICPC headquarters in Abuja.
Dambatta, said that the move was in compliance with the Federal Government’s directives and in line with the standing orders for the operations of the Anti-corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU).
He noted that with collaborations, the government would have a better understanding of the real situation in the country, particularly, at this time the social media practice and cyber-crime are on the upsurge.
According to him, social media gives practitioners unfettered access to information dissemination however; they must do so within the am bit of the law with a lot of responsibility.
‘‘We solicit for the cooperation of the ICPC in the full implementation of the Cyber crime bill which was signed into law in 2015. By so doing, we will have better understanding of the real situation at this time social media practice and cyber-crime are on the upsurge.
‘‘Social media gives unfettered access to information dissemination but they must do so with responsibility failing which the ICPC could come in to check the abuse as this is part of the process of fighting corruption.
‘‘In this regard, we are enlisting the services of the ICPC Chairman and his team for a vigorous campaign against these criminals so that the cyberspace can be secured and Nigeria can become a better place for all’’, he said.
Danbatta noted that as a responsible regulator, the Commission under his watch recognises the importance of providing an enabling environment for the development of ICT, stressing that the goal can only be achieved if there was renewed and continuous collaboration between sister agencies for the common good of the nation.
In his response, the ICPC chairman Mr Nta Ekpo, said the visit was timely and promised to support not only NCC but every other institution that has initiatives geared towards eradicating crimes and corrupt practices of any kind across the country.
Stakeholders in the Information Technology industry believe more of such collaborations between Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are needed if the nation is to effectively combat cyber-crime and other social vices associated with the internet.