FED LAWMAKER CANVASSES STRENGTHENING OF NIGERA’S CYBER SECURITY

The member representing Ohaozara and Ivo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Chief Linus Okorie has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps towards building a robust cyber security infrastructure to mitigate the threat posed by social media to the nation’s security.

Chief Okorie made the call while presenting a lecture at the Grand Finale of Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Correspondents Chapel Abakaliki Press Week held at NUJ Press Centre, Abakaliki.

In a recent time, the Nation’s Cyber space has become a veritable platform for the propagation of fake news, hate comments and rumours that have often threatened the corporate existence of Nigerian as well as its democratization.

The lecture entitled, which was based on the theme of the event, Issues of Social Media and Security in a Democratic Setting, was therefore aimed at how the challenges posed by Social Media could be curtailed and at the same time using  it to advance the course of democracy.

Chief Linus Okorie said rather than fight the social media, government at all levels should adapt to it but take deliberate steps to create control measures against its negative deployment to destabilize the Nation’s democracy.

The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Kelechi Igwe represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Monday Uzor urged the Nigerian Union of Journalists to purge itself of quacks as their activities had continued to drag Journalism profession to the mud.

The Chairman of the Chapel, Mr. Jacob Ogodo who the Chapel had concluded plans to establish Media village and appealed to Governor David Umahi to assist the group with a piece of land for the actualization of the project.

AMECHI ODO

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