Emerging trends in Information Communications Technologies (ICT), Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence were the fulcrum of a two-day workshop hosted for Judges in Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Lagos in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI).
In a welcome address, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta said the primary objective of the workshop was to identify topical and emerging areas of telecommunications with a view to sensitizing Judges on trends in the ICT as technology is getting more advanced and sophisticated.
Professor Danbaatta who was represented by a member of the Board of NCC Mr Clem Baiye said such vital knowledge of the telecommunications industry was key to the development of legal education in Nigeria and will ensure that the Judiciary is able to competently navigate knotty legal issues in ICT presented for adjudication.
He said that distinguished members of the Bench have attended previous conferences and have attested to the beneficial impact of interactions at the judges’ Workshops on a personal level and in the exercise and discharge of their duties pointing out that in spite of the country’s positive achievements in digitalisation, the country was still facing issues concerning cyber security, information and data protection.
In a remark the Executive Commissioner Stakeholders Management in NCC Mr Sunday Dare pointed out that technology was becoming dynamic and some emerging issues were not contained in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.
Mr Dare pointed out that the commission is still grappling with the issue of SIM-Swap which facilitated Bank Frauds have been on the increase over the years, sim reg and call masking which entails the use of a local number to mask an international call and NCC has developed Guidelines on SIM Replacement which sets out the modalities to be followed by all operators when presented with a request for SIM swap by subscribers and Cybercriminals continue to develop new strategies to curb cybersecurity measures .
Earlier in an opening remark, the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Samuel Onnoghen attested to the fact that the series of the workshops for judges organised by the NCC has impacted positively on the way the judiciary handle telecoms and ICT issues.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria who was represented by Presiding Justice Ahmed Lawal Garuba said the judges are not policymakers but can help to shape policies.
Some of the judges who participated in the workshop raised some challenging experiences they have had in accessing telecoms services and ICT.
High point of the workshop was a full involvement of the telecom network operators in the workshop to enable the judges to get a clearer view about trends in telecommunications and information technology.