Thu, May 16, 2013: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has appointed the First Lady of Nigeria and President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, Her Excellency Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonatha as its Child Online Protection (COP) Champion. After the appointment, Her Excellency will be responsible to push for COP awareness and the need for national online protection frameworks to protect and support the younger generations online.
In addition to the COP initiative, ITU and International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) are looking at the possibility of setting up a Cybersecurity Regional Centre in Nigeria which would play an essential role in supporting the expansion of ITU-IMPACT’s network globally, by localizing cybersecurity services to meet the unique needs of the region. According to ITU, Nigeria has indicated its interest in hosting a new Regional Centre under the ITU-IMPACT framework.
The proposed Regional Centre would become a vital hub of expertise and constitute an important component of the multi-stakeholder network that must be built to support government, industry and citizens, so that the full benefits of information and communications technology can be assured for all citizens.