Group Hails N’Assembly Over Passage of Digital Rights Bill

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

A pan-African digital organisation, Paradigm Initiative on Tuesday commended National Assembly, over the passage of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill.

The bill is expected to protect human rights online, protect Internet users in Nigeria from infringement of their fundamental freedoms and to guarantee application of human rights for users of digital platforms and/or digital media.

It would be recalled that the civil societies, led by Paradigm Initiative in 2014 had intensified efforts to make sure the bill was passed at both legislative chambers following its sponsorship by the deputy chairman House Committee on Telecommunication and member, house of representative from Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State, Hon Chukwuemeka Ujam.

Our correspondent gathered that the Senate at about 1:09 pm finally passed the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill on Tuesday, after the lower legislative chamber had passed the Bill in December 19, 2017.

In a statement signed the group’s communication officer, Sodiq Alabi on behalf of PI’s Digital Rights Programme Manager, Boye Adegoke and emailed to SAHEL STANDARD, noted that the legislative arm of government has shown a commitment to the development of digital rights in Nigeria.

“By the passage of this BIll, the legislative arm of government has shown a commitment to the development of digital rights in Nigeria,” the statement said.

The group, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent the bill and transform it into a law.

 

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