The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, has sought for the collaboration of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), on curbing cybercrimes in the country.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the ICPC Chairman, Barrister Ekpo Nta, on Wednesday, Danbatta expressed the commitment of his commission towards synergy with other agencies for the development of the country.
According to a statement by Danbatta’s media aide, Yakubu Musa, the NCC boss solicited for the cooperation of the ICPC in the full implementation of the cybercrime act which was signed into law in 2015.
“By so doing, we will have a better understanding of the real situation especially at this time that social media practice and cybercrime are on the upsurge,” he said.
According to him, “Social media gives practitioners unfettered access to information dissemination but they must do this with responsibility failing which the ICPC could come in to checkmate cases of abuse as this is a part of the process of fighting corruption”.
Speaking further, Danbatta noted that the NCC as the regulator of the telecoms industry recognises the importance of providing an enabling environment for the development of ICT which “can only be achieved if there is renewed and continuous collaboration between sister agencies for the common good of nation building”.
Responding, Nta lauded the strategic vision of the commission as captured in Danbatta’s 8-Point Agenda.
“I am happy that NCC has developed a 5-year strategic plan. This commission has also put in place a similar strategic plan when we came in,” he pointed out.