The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Idrissu, member of parliament for Tamale South constituency and a former Minister of Communication under the Atta-Mills administration, has called for a collaborative effort in fighting cybercrime.
He emphasised that, Ghana’s communications sector has benefited from consistent continuity in the pursuit of policies and strategies since the forth republic constitution. Stressing that, from the first minister in that sector who was Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, through to former President John Dramani Mahama to speaker of parliament Mike Oquaye to date, the country has situated its communications ministry at the world level.
Adding that, “We do have a very competitive information and technology landscape in the country but much more can be done. Although things like the Data Protection Act has suffered some political interferences, it is very regrettable. But if politicians are not weary of cyber space, when there is a cyber-attack… the outcome of an election will never be known. In fact, it is in the interest of the ‘survival elite’ that Ghana’s cyber space remains secured and protected.”
He was speaking at the closure the 2018 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra on Friday, 26th October, 2018, dubbed, “A safer Digital Ghana”.
The immediate past Minister of Communications under the Mahama Administration, Edward Omane Boamah, also underpinned the diversity and dynamic nature of information technology and the need for the country to invest in its cyber space.
According to him, there was the need to invest more in research and in the country’s communications sector. He also explained that, there was the need to localize the needs of Ghanaians in order for it to be better addressed.
He said, partnering with other countries was also important thus, the country could learn a lot from them. This, he said, will help Ghana to work towards the advancement of its cyber space. “It is also important for us to invest more into child online protection and other threats threatening our cyber space,” Omane Boamah added.
He further underscored on the need to strengthen all the country’s security agencies as far as cybersecurity was concerned.
On her part as the host, the Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), assured that, the Ministry was going to ensure a better cyber security practices were observed in line with Government’s vision of creating a secured cyberspace for businesses and citizens in the country.
However, she noted that, to achieve a successful internet security space in the country, it was a collaborative responsibility amongst stakeholders, government and the cyber workforce.