Nigeria Working On Creating The Largest Digital Database In Africa- Buhari
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration has continued to initiate measures aimed at combating emerging cyber crimes like elections manipulation, subversion of rights of citizens as well as propagation of violence which has seen his country take the lead in cyber policing in West Africa.
Buhari who spoke at the ongoing annual investment meeting in UAE said the present government is also working on creating the largest digital database in Africa as “over 30million Nigerians and legal residents” are already captured in the digital identity system.
While disclosing that Nigeria has close to 90 technology hubs, the President said new ones are coming up every day and they are all developing solutions for Nigerian, and indeed global problems.
“In effect, the digital world has become the new frontier for both good and evil. Therefore, the challenge for world leaders must be to ensure that this space is inclusive, accessible and safe,” he said.
“When we came in 2015, we immediately agreed that any future economic growth must be inclusive. We, therefore, leveraged and supported digital platforms in our numerous socio-economic programmes.
“On cybersecurity, Nigeria has taken the lead in cyber policing in West Africa. In this, we are working with our regional and global partners.”
His administration’s sector reform programmes he said, have focused on digitising key operations from procurement to payroll to revenue collections.
“We are using digital platforms to reinforce our objectives of improving efficiency, accountability, and transparency in governance.
“Emerging threats are difficult to prevent or manage unilaterally. It has to be a collective effort, led by both public and private sector leaders – many of whom are here today. A certain level of regulation is needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy,” he added.