As the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta says the commission is ensuring children protection from dangerous online practices with the deployment of lawful facilities.
In a joint ITU-DBI workshop held on Tuesday in Abuja, Prof. Danbatta stated the urgency of online protection for children from harmful content.
“We need to protect the children from content that is harmful, harmful in the way and manner that they are brought up. Harmful in a way and manner that will make children not copy practices that are harmful, so that they can be able to do online without guidance and supervision. But we will like to see that measures are put in place to ensure that contents are chosen in a way and manner that children are not exposed to the harmful contents. The idea of this conference is to look for a more lawful facility that we can deploy to ensure the protection of the child from harmful online practices.”
“For us, there is no better way to do this than the experts that we have here, they will study the existing content and recommend measures that will ensure we put out harmful content that cannot enhance the upbringing of our children online, such that harmful practices do not have a place online in our country. I think these efforts will go a long way to ensure the security of content that children generally access.”
According to Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, the CEO of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), the workshop was a sequel to the outcome of the World Summit on Information Society which was endorsed by the United Nations’ Assembly of 21st December 2001.
“As a technological hub in communication and ICT, we have assembled experts from the United Kingdom be able to rub minds to be able to see how we can utilize there expertise in protecting Nigeria cyberspace and we hope if we do that, we will be able to protect the child particularly at this material time based on various information online to make sure they have the right content,” he stated.
The workshop also received a recommendation from the participants in regards to the protection matters.