The Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to force down the cost of internet access in the country, adding that it is only by doing this that more people will use the internet and tap from its immense benefits.
Its President, Bayo Banj, who spoke during its yearly conference and exhibition in Lagos, said the government should limit itself to policy and regulatory matters but must intervene in pricing to allow more people to benefit.
He said the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) should also be prevailed upon to force internet service providers to make a distinction between local and international internet traffic.
Banjo said the time has come for the government to exert a form of control over what people put on the internet. He took exception to the current practice where people go to the internet to insult people and cast aspersions on their reputation.
He said to address this, “Swift Courts” should be set up across the country to deal with character assassination and defamation using the internet, adding that the need to restrict what happens on the internet is informed by the fact that young persons are becoming indoctrinated through the internet.