Federal government has urged stakeholders in the ICT sector to work towards producing a reliable, actionable and appropriate Information Technology, IT, polices that would enhance national development and tackle insecurity bedeviling the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Batachir David Lawal who gave the charge at the 26th National Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society yesterday in Abuja, noted that IT was key in achieving national safety and security.
According to him, Information Technology is germane to tackling the security challenges bedevilling the nation and I want to use this opportunity to assure this gathering that the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to supporting this laudable initiative”.
Lawal said, “there is need to leverage on IT to enhance national safety and security, our greatest challenge today is insecurity, I want to use this opportunity to implored stakeholders in the ICT sector to work towards producing a reliable, actionable and appropriate IT policies, solutions and systems capable of tackling our security concerns as well as achieving our national development strategies and sustainable development goals”.
The SGF noted that, “This becomes necessary following the massive corrupt practices uncovered recently and the destruction mated to our people and national assets by terrorists, militants and kidnappers.
Adding that ICT, is a strong promoter of development; while stressing government commitment to continue to provide an enabling environment for ICT to strive in Nigeria.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu disclosed that Nigeria loses about N127 billion annually to cybercrime, which amount to a total of 0.08 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Products GDP.
Shittu said, “Without safety and security, growth is impossible. “Information Technology for National Safety and Security”, the Conference theme, is highly relevant as it aligns with the National safety and security priority of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari”.

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