Nigeria First Lady appointed ITU Child Online Protection champion



patience_jonathan 600First Lady of Nigeria Dame Patience Jonathan has been formally inaugurated, following her appointment as the Champion for Child Online Protection at a ceremony in Geneva.
ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) initiative in 2008 as part of the overall thrust to strengthen cyber security. It brings together partners from various sectors to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children around the world.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dame Patience Jonathan highlighted the importance of intervening in the “worrisome challenge of cyberspace insecurity, especially with regards to our highly vulnerable children”. Noting that children and youth are among top users of cyberspace and that the future of humanity depends on them, Dame Patience Jonathan said, “I pledge to join hands with ITU to secure the children of the world from the dangers of cybercrime.”
She explained that her acceptance of the appointment was informed by her natural passion for the security, welfare and development of the vulnerable groups which include women and children in Nigeria and across the African continent.
The First Lady promised to give her wholehearted service to the task of global child safety in the cyber space.
While presenting her the certificate to make her investiture as the ITU Child On-line Protection Champion, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré noted that Dame Patience Jonathan has demonstrated deep interest in the activities of children and young people.
“Under her guidance, the Government of Nigeria is now taking extensive steps to ensure a safer online environment for children.ITU is looking forward to collaborating even more closely with Nigeria to build a better future for our children.”
Dame Patience Jonathan has founded many philanthropic and empowerment projects for children and women. These include programmes to improve the status and earning capacity of Nigerian youth and women.
Mr Anuj Singh, Director of the Global Response Centre of IMPACT, made a presentation on the COP-X platform designed to share information and resources on Child Online Protection worldwide. IMPACT – the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats – is the operational home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA).
Earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission Mr Eugene Juwah signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ITU to set up a Regional Cyber security Centre in Nigeria. This Regional Centre will facilitate collaboration on combating cyber threats at the regional and national levels—with an emphasis on activities related to protecting children online.
The high-level delegation of Nigeria included the Minister of Communication Technology Ms Omobola Johnson; Minister of Women Affairs HajiaZainab Maina; and the Minister of Youth Affairs Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir as well as Senator Nkech Nwaogwu and Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives Stella Dorgu and Peace Nnaji.

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