The Federal Government has been asked to harness the tech skills of cyber crime offenders in Nigeria rather than throwing them behind bars.
The recommendation emanted from the 88th Edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament hosted last week by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Abuja.
The NCC consumer forum recommends that cyber crime offenders should be placed in facilities where their tech skills can be harnessed for technology growth in Nigeria.
Cyber crime offenders should not be jailed
“It was also agreed that cyber crime offenders instead of just being jailed, should be put in facilities where their skills can be deployed for development of Technology as opposed to just being incarcerated”, according to the post-event recommendation released by the telecoms regulator, NCC.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, also told the event attendees that the telecoms regulatory agency will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to address cyber security issues in Nigeria.
According to Danbatta the NCC “would continue to ensure dialogue and active participation where we can harness additional ideas and implementation in order to protect ourselves.”
He reckons that telecoms stakeholders should “to go back to the drawing board in order to inspire confidence in consumers to patronize the communications services because If Nigerians do not subscribe to telecommunications services, the services will die and millions of Nigerians will lose their jobs, the revenue the telecom Industry generates to GDP will not be there and that is a recipe for disaster.”The NCC forum also resolved that service providers should have a unified database for SIM cards in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to reduce the number of SIM card fraudsters.
The NCC forum also resolved that service providers should have a unified database for SIM cards in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to reduce the number of SIM card fraudsters.