Social Media Bill: Lawmaker Advise Nigerian Government On Alternative Measures

A Nigerian lawmaker has called on the Federal Government to rethink its planned Social Media Bill currently before the National Assembly and chart a different course that would yield a better result.

The lawmakers, who spoke on Thursday in Lome, Togo, on the sidelines of the ongoing Delocalised Meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament, warned that a total blanketing of social media might cause more problems than good.

The Parliament’s delocalised meeting has as its theme: “ECOWAS in the era of COVID-19 and beyond: focusing on Information and Communication Technology, ICT, to promote distance education and training in ECOWAS Member States.”

Senator Biodun Olujimi, said that at a time when other countries were investing heavily to make the internet more accessible especially for education during the pandemic, Nigeria should be pushing for a better way to manage social media.

Exemplifying with a law recently passed in Ghana, she said that the government should rather adopt a system of blocking specific unreliable platforms.

Olujimi, who also called for the internet to be made more affordable and accessible, acknowledged that there must be some control to ensure that it was not used for things other than access to education for which it was subsidised.