President Muhammadu Buhari has officially launched the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) at the State House, Abuja.
This was disclosed via its Twitter handle on Tuesday.
President @MBuhari presided over Presidential Launch of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) at the State House, Abuja.
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari called for an overhaul of the national strategy on cybersecurity, urging more emphasis on exploring the internet for economic growth opportunities, enhancement of knowledge, and mitigation of crime.
Meanwhile, President Buhari 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 launch of National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 in March 2020; National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020 – 2030; National Identity Program, Treasury Single Account and Bank Verification Number schemes.
The president said that Nigeria is blessed with a young and vibrant population, which has the potential to exploit the benefits of the current internet revolution to enhance the nation’s economic progression and improve the country’s security.
I urge the National Security Adviser to continue to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that our internet and cyberspace are used for the enhancement of national security and economic progression.
I am confident that, together, we can pave the way for the creation of new opportunities to usher Nigeria into a bright future driven by a prosperous cyberspace and digital economy.
He added that the country is also witnessing a rapid surge in its adoption of the internet and social media for almost all aspects of its daily life, and therefore, the internet or cyberspace is now central and indispensable to our national development.