Bauchi State Government Receives Senate Committee on ICT and cybercrimes; Bauchi Governor pledge support on the campaign Against cybercrime In Nigeria
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state on Thursday evening pledged to work with the National Assembly and other critical stakeholders to succeed in the fight against cybercrime in the country.
The Governor made the pledge when he recieved in audience, Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Crime who visited him at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed observed that, tackling cybercrime in the country will no doubt contribute towards reducing corrupt practices and criminal activities in both public and private sectors.
He announced the plans of his administration to set up a functional digital literacy centers in a bid to enhance the integrity of the state’s database and to free resources from abuses.
On the certification of Almuhibbah Foundation, a pet project of the State First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed to run an ICT training, the Governor said the state government will use the centre for the training of civil servants and other members of the public on digital technology.
“I am so much happy with you my dear wife, for your foundation to draw the attention of the National Assembly, it is something that gives me the most pleasant surprises. what you have done today Distinguished Senators, is an attestation of your capacity to take Nigeria to the next level of development where we will be making laws and regulations that will be beneficial to Nigerians.”
“I am highly appreciative with your visit and Almuhibbah foundation is a foundation run by my wife and she has been doing so much even before now as a tool for paying back to the society.”
“I also supported her to help the vulnerable people and other members of the society who needs little assistance to actualize their potentials and I am happy that, today the Senators have recognized her foundation to run ICT training as certified by a US based computer centre, Certiport.”
Governor Bala Mohammed said his administration is working to bring ICT to be in the forefront of government businesses and to train citizens on digital technology to enhance productivity and service delivery.
“My colleagues, Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am happy to inform you that, already our Ministry of education has gone on ICT and we have free resources through that.”
In a remark, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yakubu Oseni said the committee has statutory responsibility to superintend over the development of digital technology and the control of cybercrime in Nigeria.
He said currently, the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime is engaging in measures to galvanize a comprehensive, collective and broad-based response of stakeholders to promote digital preparedness with a view to safeguarding the present and future of the country.
“It is a great pleasure to be with you, Your Excellency, and the great people of Bauchi state. This visit which accords us the opportunity to familiarize with the Government and good people of Bauchi, is in recognition of the strides of Almuhibbah Foundation, a Pet Project of Her Excellency, the First Lady of Bauchi state as well as the developmental gains of the State Government.”
“The Committee is therefore glad to associate with Almuhibbah Foundation on its realization of the significance of ICT and the place of digital literacy in socio-economic development and national security.”
Senator Yakubu Oseni used the medium to congratulate the foundation on its approval by Certiport as a Test Centre to deliver IC3 certification in Nigeria.
“Your Excellency, the dynamics of today’s global technology space has made it mandatory to align public institutions with all regulatory requirements for cyber security. The Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime was created by the 8th Senate based on the need to ensure the Nigerian ICT system align with the world of Information and Communication Technology and the promotion of cyber security.