NGO Urges Buhari to Sign Digital Rights Bill

  • NGO advocates signing into law digital right bill in order to improve knowledge on research.
  • Says there has been hindrances to the use of internet due to fear of molestation, accounts hacking, bridge of privacy.

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) , Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the ‘Digital Right Bill’ into law in order to enable people to have more access to the internet without any hindrances as well as expose them to more deeply research breakthrough.

The Technical Officer of the Organization, Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu advocated for this while presenting a paper titled, “Nigerian Digital Rights and Freedom Bill” at a workshop tagged ‘Feminist Internet School’, held at Hazibal Suites in Bauchi over the weekend.

According to him,  the signing of the bill will provide maximum protection for the rights of Internet users in the country, thereby safeguarding their privacy, protect their dignity, improve server security and create room for gender inclusion in the internet usage.

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He noted that people have been prevented from using the internet because of fear of molestation, accounts hacking, bridge of privacy and a lot of other issues surrounding the internet which infringe upon their rights to freedom of expression.

Dahiru urged the president to ensure that the ‘Digital Right Bill’ was signed into law, so as to bring sanity into the internet usage and minimize the spread of fake news and hate speech in the society.

The National Assembly already passed the ‘Digital Right Bill’ and forwarded same to the President for his assent, which is still being awaited as the President requested for more clarification on the bill.

Speaking at the programme, the Program Officer of CITAD in charge of Gender and Internet Advocacy, Maryam Ado Haruna lamented that women are far left behind in the use of Internet despite several advantages they stand to achieve, especially in the area of business development opportunities.

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She stated that studies have shown a huge gap between the way women and men access the internet, which has placed women at the very low state due to fear of falling victims of Internet violence.

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