The Chief Justice of Nigeria Praises the Nigerian Communications Commission for Promoting ICT Awareness

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, commends the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its efforts in promoting awareness and knowledge of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) among the judiciary and the Nigerian public. Speaking at the annual workshop for judges on telecommunications issues hosted by the NCC, Ariwoola emphasized the importance of embracing the digital era while ensuring that justice remains a priority.

The workshop, which had participants from various courts in Nigeria, provided a platform to discuss the challenges facing the judiciary in the digital revolution. It aimed to equip judges with the necessary knowledge to navigate the digital era. Ariwoola highlighted the need to prioritize the examination of data privacy and information security laws, given the significant amount of data generated and collated in the digital realm. He emphasized the role of judges in striking a balance between fostering innovation and safeguarding privacy to build trust in the digital ecosystem.

In his welcome address, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umar Danbatta, expressed gratitude to the CJN and other top judiciary officials for attending the workshop. He assured stakeholders that the NCC is responsive to the rapid changes in the telecommunications and technology space. Danbatta mentioned that the NCC is initiating a review of its enabling legislation, the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA, 2003), to keep pace with evolving technologies.

He emphasized the importance of the workshop in engaging the judiciary on adopting digital technologies to advance the course of justice. Danbatta stated that a safe and effective backbone infrastructure and an efficient adjudicatory mechanism are essential for instilling societal confidence in the digital economy. He highlighted the NCC’s partnership with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) to develop judges’ capacity in this area.

The NCC and NJI collaborated to host the 2023 National Workshop for Justices and Judges on Legal Issues in Telecommunication Matters. The workshop aimed to deepen knowledge of the digital future among judges and promote the integration of the judiciary into the digital economy.

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