Use Cyperspace Responsibly – Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey Cautions

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has bemoaned recent trends and breaches in cyber security systems, which she says has serious implications on the country’s cyber-culture, cautioning for all to access cyberspace responsibly.

The Minister was addressing the 2018 National Cyber Security Awareness week programme, held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra.

In a keynote address on Thursday to Participants, Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey re-iterated President Akufo – Addo’s commitment to the development of a robust cyber security system in Ghana.

The minister said global efforts through conventions such as the Malabo Convention which seeks to ensure harmonised legislation on Cybercrime within the Africa region and other member states, is a laudable.

The convention particularly targets issues such as child online pornography as well as establishes a mechanism for combating violations of personal privacy.

Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey pledged the Foreign Ministry’s continued assistance to seek opportunities to enhance Ghana’s cooperation both at the bilateral and multilateral levels in support of Government efforts.

The Honourable Minister, however, outlined a number of measures including consistent awareness creation, while punishing such criminal acts to deter others from abusing the country’s cyber-infrastructural space.

“We must deepen our efforts on building the confidence and creating a cyber-culture that places the burden of responsibility on the user”, the Minister stated.

The National Cyber Security Awareness week exercise was organized by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the National Cyber Security centre.

It was themed, “A safer Digital Ghana”.

Various stakeholders including National Security Minister, Hon. Kan-Dapaah, Minister for Defence, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul and host, Hon. Ursla Owusu – Ekuful of the Communications Ministry have taken turns to address participants in an effort to ensure a cyber-safe Ghana.