By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Thursday pledged to work with the National Assembly and other critical stakeholders to succeed in the fight against cybercrime in the country.
Mohammed who made the pledge while receiving the Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Crime in Bauchi, observed that tackling cybercrime will contribute towards reducing corrupt practices and criminal activities in both public and private sectors.
The governor announced plans by his administration to set up a functional digital literacy centers in a bid to enhance the integrity of the state’s database and to free resources from illegal abuses.
On certification of Almuhibbah Foundation, a pet project of the State First Lady, Aisha Bala Mohammed to run an ICT training, he said that the state government will use the centre for the training of civil servants and other members of the public on digital technology.
Governor told A’isha Mohammed, “I am so much happy with you my dear wife, for your foundation to draw the attention of the National Assembly, it is something that gives me the most pleasant surprises”.
He turned to committee members, “What you have done today Distinguished Senators, is an attestation of your capacity to take Nigeria to the next level of development where we will be making laws and regulations that will be beneficial to Nigerians”.
The Governor expressed delight with the committee’s visit to Bauchi, stressing Almuhibbah foundation is an organization being run by his wife, as she has been doing so much even before now as a tool for paying back to the society.
“I also supported her to help the vulnerable people and other members of the society who needs little assistance to actualize their potentials and I am happy that today the Senators have recognized that in certification of her foundation to run ICT training as certified by an US based computer centre, Certiport.”
The Governor assured that his administration is working to bring ICT to be in the forefront of government businesses, and to train citizens on digital technology to enhance productivity and service delivery.
“My colleagues, Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am happy to inform you that, already our Ministry of education has gone on ICT and we have free enormous resources through that.”
The Senate Committee Chairman, Senator Yakubu Oseni has earlier in a remark said that the committee has statutory responsibility to superintend over the development of digital technology and the control of cybercrime in Nigeria.
He said currently, the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime is engaging in measures to galvanize a comprehensive, collective and broad-based response of stakeholders to promote digital preparedness with a view to safeguarding the present and future of the country.
“It is a great pleasure to be with you, Your Excellency, and the great people of Bauchi state. This visit which accords us the opportunity to familiarize with the Government and good people of Bauchi, is in recognition of the strides of Almuhibbah Foundation, a Pet Project of Her Excellency, the First Lady of Bauchi state as well as the developmental gains of the State Government.”
Senator Yakubu Oseni explained that the Committee is glad to associate with Almuhibbah Foundation on its realization of the significance of ICT and the place of digital literacy in socio-economic development and national security.”
The committee chairman therefore congratulated the Almuhibbah foundation on its approval by Certiport as a Test Centre to deliver ICT certification in Nigeria, saying it is an unprecedented feat.
According to Oseni, the dynamics of today’s global technology space has made it mandatory to align public institutions with all regulatory requirements for cyber security, as his committee was created by the 8th Senate to ensure Nigerian ICT system align with the world of Information and Communication Technology in the promotion of cyber security.