President Akufo-Addo Raises Concern Over Sakawa
President Akufo-Addo has expressed grave concern in regards to the rising spate of web fraud – recognized in native parlance as ‘Sakawa’ and different cyber crimes within the nation.
Presently, he mentioned, Ghana is experiencing its fair proportion of cybercrime and cyber safety challenges which are home-grown and that cyber crime has change into one of many commonest and most pervasive crimes within the nation immediately.
Simply final week, three Ghanaians have been arrested for web romance fraud, ripping off their victims to the tune of about £5 million.
“Ghana now counts amongst prevalent crimes within the nation, web site defacements, hacking into banking techniques and significant databases, ransom-ware assaults, e-mail fraud, identification theft, SIM field fraud, cyber fraud – usually referred to as ‘sakawa’ or 419 – and more and more, the usage of identification theft to impersonate authorities and public officers, and topic them to abuse on social media. Kids are additionally going through rising dangers on the web, – together with dangers related to improper contacts, conduct and contents on the web” he mentioned on the opening of the Nationwide Cyber Safety Week in Accra yesterday.
President Akufo-Addo admitted the truth that “the duty that we face, subsequently, is pressing,” indicating that “the quick tempo at which expertise is growing signifies that usually the legislation enforcement officers are struggling to maintain tempo with the law-breakers.”
To this finish, he insisted, “it’s important, subsequently, that these in-charge of defending our ICT safety are effectively geared up with the information and the experience to take action.”
Going ahead, he pressured, “the instruments and competencies with which we combat crime should essentially, subsequently, change.
“We have to practice and have a well-equipped corps of cybercrime fighters, however we should always go additional than that. I dare say it’s time to take one other take a look at the that we require in a policeman for instance.”
The president has, subsequently, emphasised the pressing want for the Cybercrime Unit of the Police Service to be beefed as much as take care of these new threats, saying, “Ghana is transitioning from a conventional economic system into an IT-enabled economic system.”
Within the meantime, the Ministry of Communications is alleged to be engaged on a variety of e-government initiatives, together with e-justice, e-immigration, e-passports, e-procurement and tertiary schooling connectivity initiatives, amongst others, to remodel Ghana’s public-sector providers.
While he admitted the truth that “The nationwide identification system, the digital addressing system, e-payments, digital monetary providers and the varied e-government initiatives by which we at the moment are taking a lot pleasure, will be dropped at a halt or undermined by cybercrime,” President Akufo-Addo assured, “My authorities is, subsequently, resolved to deal with these challenges in an effort to safeguard our digital journey.”
He revealed that “we’re endeavor particular coverage and sensible intervention initiatives, together with capability constructing, worldwide cooperation, judicial enforcement of cybercrime legislations and implementation of technical requirements and safeguards.”
That, he mentioned, was a part of the reason why in July this 12 months, he requested the minister for communications to supervise the implementation of Ghana’s Nationwide Cyber Safety Coverage & Technique (NCSPS).
This, in response to him, had led to the adoption of a multi-stakeholder method, as a basis for the efficient implementation of the varied cyber safety actions and programmes.
To enhance Ghana’s cyber safety emergency response readiness, President Akufo-Addo indicated, “Authorities, by the Ministry of Communications, is at the moment engaged on the institution of a devoted Pc Emergency Response Group (CERT), to guard important nationwide data infrastructure, and sectorial CERTs for the varied sectors of the economic system based mostly on worldwide requirements and benchmarks.
“We intend to ascertain a Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre, as has been achieved in another international locations, to liaise with related state companies and the personal sector to supervise cyber safety operations on the nationwide stage. That is one in every of our main priorities within the subsequent few months, as we step up our efforts to safe our digital journey.”