Ghana centre for ICT excellence endorses Abuja Cyber security conference

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Ghana centre for ICT excellence endorses Abuja Cyber security conference

The India-Ghana Koffi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence in Accra, Ghana, has officially endorsed the scheduled National Conference on CyberCrime and Cyber Security holding mid-August in Abuja, Nigeria. Earlier on, the Federal Ministry of Justice and NITDA had taken the lead as National Champions.

According to the Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Director General of the Centre, “The subject of Cyber Crime and Cyber Security has become so critical to the development of Africa and ECOWAS in particular. Therefore, there can be no better time than this, to do pen testing, engage and address the issue constructively – especially now that ICT investment and deployments have registered tremendous growth. This is why the conference is not only significant but fundamental to our collective existence and survivability.”

Chris Uwaje, the President of Global Network for Cyber Solutions (Organisers of the Conference) and 1st Vice President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) in his evaluation stated emphatically that “No nation will economically and/or culturally survive in the 21st Century Cyberspace, unless she masters the global cybercriminality and cybersecurity challenges.” Further more, he said: “To escape the ferocious consequences of Cyber Tsunami, African Nations and Nigeria in particular – the single largest concentration of people of African decent under the universe – must address and proffer solutions to these issues as a national priority and 2020 mission”. Going by the recent CBN report that the Banking sector lost move than N7billion to technology-aided fraud and the recent nation-wide raid of Cyber-Caf� and arrest of over 136 Cybercrime perpetrators, the nation and ECOWAS may be facing a colossal ICT threat capable of destroying the trust culture which forms the fabric of digital evolution.

Global Network for Cyber Solutions in its recent press release confirmed that most of the Internationally renown Resource Persons, from USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, Ghana and others have confirmed their acceptance to participate. Also Nigerians in Diaspora -Prof. Emmanuel Anieboman (AfriHub), Prof. Bolaji Aluko of Howard Univerity will participate. According to Mr. Segun Olugbile, Managing Director/CEO of Network for Cyber Solutions, the conference is strategically packaged to fulfill the mission of ‘think globally, act locally’. To this end, they have also secured policy-level institutional endorsement on the conference from the Federal Ministry of Justice, National Information Technology Development Agency, in consultation with the Presidency, National Assembly, Bankers Committees and other relevant institution. Major ICT Industry and Banking and Finance stakeholders have indicated their interest to collaborate and sponsor the program. Professional at home will form the critical mass of the delivery of scholarly papers and case study presentations. Dr. Pius Okigbo (Jr.) of Insfosoft, Prof. Charles Uwadia Director of IT Centre Unilag, Dr. David Takura of EFCC, Thoman Ninnan (MD Visafone), Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu of Executive Cyber Schuul, Chief Demola Aladekomo – Chairman CHAMS Plc, Dr. Sola Afolabi, Director if ICT ECOWAS, Dr. Commander J. Akunobi (Navy), Dr. Femi Aladesulu Head of ICT, Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Emmanuel Ekunwem, President ATCON, Chris Uwaje – Chair Connect Technologies, Gbenga Sesan (Paradigm Shift), Dr. John-Mark, Ken Okoronkwo (US Embassy) and others too numerous to mention. All roads will therefore lead to Abuja on August 18-20 for the first National Conference on CyberCrime & CyberSecurity.

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