Stakeholders in the digital communication sectors and members of the public have been called upon to make inputs into a bill currently seeking amendment to the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.
The Senate Joint Committee on ICT & Cyber Security and National Security & Intelligence made the call in a public hearing notice published on Friday.
According to the committee, critical stakeholders in the sector and other members of the public can be part of the amendment process through submission of memoranda.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Shuiab Afolabi Salisu, made the call in the public hearing notice.
The hearing notice was also published on several media platforms across the country today, Friday, November 17, 2023.
The aim is to collect for memoranda that will be considered in the Upper Chamber’s efforts to improve the governance of the cyberspace in Nigeria.
According to the public notice of hearing, the hearing would hold in Conference Room 301 of the Senate Building on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
The Senate committee then called on stakeholders, including government institutions, ICT and cybersecurity concerns, national and other security concerns to submit their memoranda to the Committee.
The Senate Joint Committee said the : “Memoranda, which should be submitted within one week in five (5) soft copies and forty-five (45) hard copies, should be addressed to the Clerk Senate Committee on ICT & Cyber Security, Room 3.8 White House Building, National Assembly Complex Abuja.”
The amendment of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 has become imperative in order to review its application over the last eight years since its implementation, to tackle computer-mediated crimes in the country.
The Cybercrime Act 2015 was enacted to ensure the protection of critical national information infrastructure, to promote cyber security, protect computer systems and networks, electronic communications, data and computer programmes, intellectual property and privacy rights.
The Act also establishes the procedural powers for cybercrime investigation and the collection of evidence in electronic format when probing criminal offences. (vitalnewsngr.com)