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Cyber Crime Hinders Growth of Internet Use in Nigeria

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Cyber Crime Hinders Growth of Internet Use in Nigeria - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Internet has failed to grow in use throughout Nigeria largely because many Nigerians view it as a tool for cyber crime, according to an article on Next. During a talk in Lagos last week, Samuel Adeleke, the president of the Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), said that the lack of Internet penetration in Nigeria is a significant contributor to the nation’s underdevelopment.

“It is a shame to say that an average Nigerian is a novice when it comes to the use the Internet and that is why we condemn the misuse of the Internet because what most people use it for is to chat, send emails and at best to download some programes,” Adeleke said. “We are not an Internet hungry nation; we need to change our attitude in this direction. There is need for Internet ratification and also the need for active involvement of Nigeria both in perceptive and as well as influencing decision makings.“

Adeleke advocated for a public affairs campaign to alter individual perceptions of the Internet in an effort to grow its use throughout Nigeria.

“When we talk of various aspect of Internet management in and outside Africa, we are sure to say that Nigeria is not fully actively involved like other countries such as Ghana or South African in terms of Internet penetration. There is need to influence public perception of Internet usage from the bad use. Just a few make good use of it for developing applications for better life,“ he said. “Our thinking as Nigerians is that the Internet is only used by a few and those that use it do it for cyber crime “˜yahoo, yahoo“™ rather than trying to find a way for getting more people to use it for development purposes.“

The lack of regulatory and legislative frameworks to guide Internet use is also a central issue that hinders efforts to fight cyber crime, according to Jimson Olufuye, president of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN).

“Major issues of cybercrime are identity theft, hacking, spamming, phishing, sabotage through cyberstalking etc. In Nigeria non- availability of legislative frameworks to tackle cybercrime and assure cybersecurity are concerns,” he said. “I do not think the issue can be easily solved; it“™s going to be a part of us just like normal theft, robbery etc. Now is the time for the federal government and regulators put in place appropriate legislations on cybersecurity to mitigate the crime. They need to be involved in public enlightenment on the issue and emphasize the implications of such ventures.“

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