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FG urges Nigerians to join revolution against cybercrime

Mohammed Abubakar

By Jessica Dogo

The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to join in the revolution against cybercrime by supporting local technology innovations.

The government also called on citizens to fight against security threats ravaging particularly financial institutions in the country.

The Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone (GBB), Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, made the appeal in a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the briefing was organised by UNICCON Group of Companies on Cybersecurity.

Abubakar, who was represented by the Head Of Human Resources, GBB, Mr Gbenga Omoniyi, lauded the company, on its role in tackling cybersecurity in the country.

“I commend the company for taking this great step in tackling cybersecurity in the country.

“This initiative is apt and can also assist in proffering solution to the current fight on multiple financial crimes in the country,” he said.

Also speaking, the Deputy Director, ICT, Mr Adebayo Adeyemi, who represented the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, endorsed the initiative.

Adeyemi said that the government was scouting for people with patriotic abilities to promote sanity and upscale employment rate in the country.

“Over the years, the contribution of ICT to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased and this is one of it.

“Businesses today are faced with several threats and this is one of the bespoke solutions that has capacity to adress such.

“We are a government company that understands exactly this kind of Innovation,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of UNICCON, Mr Chucks Ekwueme, saidd that the effort put in was to complement government’s efforts at combating cyberattacks responsible for setbacks in the Nigerian economic sector.

Ekwueme said the incessant cyberattacks in Nigeria and globally had prompted the organisation effor to conduct a rigorous research, which had so far yielded positive results.

He said that it had provided a risk-based approach in monitoring transactions for risk assessment and handling financial related crimes mitigation needs.

With the recent launch of its community platform to summit bugs, vulnerabilities and find solution, Ekwueme called on corporate entities and government agencies to leverage on the opportunity to partner the organisation for lasting solution.

NAN also reports that UNICCON group of companies recently launched an integrated financial product called SMARTSEE for profiling, credit scoring and fraud detection. (NAN)