Gov’t prepare legislations to sanitize cyber space

Ursula Owusu-Ekruful, Communications Minister

The Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, has hinted that the government is preparing a legislation to protect and sanitise the cyber space against criminal acts and abuses.

She indicated that the new safeguard measure is aimed at protecting children against cyber crime.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful disclosed this at the second National Girls in ICT Day which climaxed on Monday in Takoradi on the theme ‘Expanding horizons, changing attitudes.”

Attended by 650 JHS girls from nine districts of the Western Region, the event coordinated by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications  (GIFEC) and supports from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC),  provided   two-week  ICT training  and   mentorship for  the  participants.

Sixty students who performed well during the event, received lap top computers donated by MTN Ghana while the first  10 best also got internet modems with free one year data bundle.

Central Region will host the next event in December.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful declared: “Government is introducing a Cyber  security  Bill with provisions on Child Online Protection (COP), to ensure that offenders of revenge pornography( that is acts of distributing sexually explicit images  or videos without the consent  of parties) will be prosecuted. The National Cyber Security Centre is currently reviewing the framework on COP and this includes a comprehensive implementation roadmap aimed at protecting our  children online.”

She added that, the  ministry would in the next weeks also launch a cyber crime/security incident reporting  point of contacts to  provide channels including online portals, hotlines, SMS line and a dedicated apps, adding that the  Ghana Police Service together  with telecommunication industry and the Internet Watch Foundation, would also  ensure  the  proper handling of crime committed  online.

A  Deputy Minister for Education, Gifty Twum Ampofo, who noted that ICT played an important role in the life of society including industrialisation, agriculture and even international travels, believed that Africa needed to overcome the challenges in ICT especially in the 21st century.

The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, for his part, was happy that girls were highly motivated to pursue careers in ICT after listening to some female achievers in the field