In a concerted bid to curtail the menace of cyber crimes culminating in huge fi nancial and intellectual property losses, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has concluded plans to train 100 youths on cyber security.
Cyber crimes which costs the world economy hundreds of millions of dollars every year, slowing the pace of innovation, distorting trade and creating social costs from job loss has of recent become a major source of worry for Nigerian companies and their customers following a rather reluctant adaptation to the evolving online business culture in the country.
The NACCIMA National President, Mohammed Abubakar explained that the gesture is also meant to support the fi rst Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan in her campaign to ensuring a safer online environment for children and young people.
“As businesses increasingly rely on new internal technologies to remain competitive within the local and global market place, they are also becoming more susceptible to cyber crime attack,” said Abubakar.
He noted that cyber crime can have devastating impacts on businesses, which often lack in-house technical expertise to quickly recover from the attack.
He stated that the association will continue in its support of the Federal Government’s transformation agenda on the development of information and communication technology (ICT) in the country.
The NACCIMA boss believes that the success of the training programme for the 100 youths will be another step towards the economic transformation of Nigeria as the younger generation would no longer be distracted by threats associated with ICT, but rather would be able to direct their strength towards the building up of entrepreneurial skills.
This, he said will surely empower them to be creators of jobs and wealth in furtherance of poverty reduction in Nigeria and also globally.