The National Defence Space Administration has sought the collaboration of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on monitoring cyberspace and curbing cybercrimes amongst other strategic partnerships.
The chief of defence, space administration of the Federal Defence Space Administration, Major- General E.G. Whyte made this known when he led a delegation on a courtesy call on the executive vice chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at the commission’s corporate headquarters in Abuja.
Whyte said the space administration was there to establish strategic collaboration and partnership with NCC to help in actualising their mandate of developing and operating military space technologies, support the operations of Nigerian military within and outside the country as well as security through agencies responsible for internal security by the use of information through the satellite and other surveillance channels.
He said monitoring cyberspace and curbing the activities of cyber criminals was also one of their key mandates.
Whyte described NCC as one of the most important agencies in the country that they must collaborate with apart from the other agencies charged with the responsibility of providing intelligence and security services, to fulfil their mandate.
He called for collaboration in the areas of helping his agency to have the necessary technical equipment and knowhow; engage in joint research and development; jointly fight cyber security crimes and tackle problems associated with the wrong use of social media networks which pose great challenge to security, promote hate speech and violence as has been witnessed in recent times.
He also requested the commission to dedicate a frequency of spectrum for their use and also link them to the national satellite to access and monitor the activities/information that pass through the gateway. He said his agency would liaise with the commission when they want information regarding suspected subscriber’s lines.
In response, the NCC boss represented by the commission’s director of spectrum administration, Engr. Austin Nwaulunne, said while some of those demands were already in place, others were not within the purview of the commission alone, pointing out that one of the 8-Points Agenda of the commission is to form strategic collaboration and partnership with all relevant agencies for the fulfillment of shared objectives and support the fulfillment of another agency’s objectives for the development of the nation.
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