Nº 4 2013 > Protecting children online
ITU appoints First Lady of Nigeria as Child Online Protection Champion
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré has appointed the First Lady of Nigeria and President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, Dr Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as ITU's Child Online Protection (COP) Champion.
The First Lady received her letter of appointment on 10 May 2013 from the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou, during their meeting to discuss cyberthreats and cybersecurity in the African region. Mr Sanou was accompanied by Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), ITU’s executing arm for cybersecurity, and Andrew Rugege, ITU Regional Director for Africa.
“It is a great honour for ITU to have the support of Nigeria’s First Lady,” said Dr Touré. “Her commitment is further confirmation of the key role that ITU is playing as a global catalyst and facilitator in international dialogue and cooperation in the area of cybersecurity.” Mr Sanou added that the “COP framework has become a crucial means of creating a safe environment for our children while they are on the net.”
Datuk Mohd Noor Amin said that “Her Excellency is both a progressive leader and renowned humanitarian, and she is the ideal candidate to help ITU-IMPACT in its mission to push for COP awareness and the need for national online protection frameworks to protect and support the younger generations online.”
In addition to the COP initiative, ITU and IMPACT are looking at the possibility of setting up a Cybersecurity Regional Centre in Nigeria to expand ITU-IMPACT’s global network and localize cybersecurity services to meet the specific needs of the region. Nigeria has indicated its interest in hosting a new Regional Centre under the ITU-IMPACT framework.
The proposed Regional Centre would become a hub of expertise and constitute an important component of the multistakeholder network that must be built so that the full benefits of information and communication technologies can be assured for all citizens. “While acting as a catalyst for greater regional collaboration to address escalating cyberthreats, this centre would also help promote Nigeria as an advanced cybersecurity hub for the region,” said Mr Sanou.