The Nigerian government has revealed that there have been 66 attempts by hackers from Europe to compromise its weekly cabinet meeting.
It was reports that weekly cabinet holds on Wednesday with some of the ministers attending virtually, an innovation introduced as part of the protocol to prevent spread of covid-19 and later backed with the introduction of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions in October 2020.
At least 108 cabinet meetings, popularly called the Federal Executive Council meeting have been held till date.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, however told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that there have been 66 attacks to compromise the virtual meetings, all from Europe.
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Pantami who spoke at a forum organized to list the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, however, said though all the attempts failed, they were reported to the appropriate authorities for the record and actions.
He recalled that the National Policy on Virtual Engagements was launched to formalise government online meetings such as FEC and Council of State meetings.
The minister said that with the policy which was developed in conjunction with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, government’s virtual meetings could be held effectively and legally.
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He said the implementation of the virtual meetings had saved the country over N47 billion which could have been used if they were held physically.