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Nigeria to regulate AI to curb identity theft — Reps Speaker


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, on Monday, disclosed that the nation’s apex legislative institution was planning legislation that would regulate Artificial Intelligence in the country to curb identity theft, among others.

Abbas stated this at the 7th Convocation Ceremony organized by the National Institute For Legislative And Democratic Studies in collaboration with the University of Benin, held in Abuja.

He stressed the need for Nigeria to have a regulatory framework in place for emerging technologies.

He also noted that although new technologies such as AI and robotics have immense benefits, there is a need to check their misuse and abuse.

The Speaker further stressed that AI can create many benefits, such as better healthcare, safer and cleaner transport, more efficient manufacturing, and cheaper and more sustainable energy.

He stressed that integrating AI into education would present a transformative shift in how teaching and learning are conducted.

He added that AI has the potential to customize learning, enhance educational tools, and improve administrative systems, offering several benefits and also posing unique challenges.

The Speaker, however, said: “Despite the opportunities of AI, there are risks involved”

He said: “Datasets and algorithms can reflect or reinforce gender, racial, or ideological biases. More critically, AI can deepen inequalities by automating routine tasks and displacing jobs. There is also likely to be a rise in identity theft and fraud, as evidenced by the use of AI to create highly realistic deep fakes.

“These are intended to misinform, trick and confuse people. Attackers use these maliciously crafted videos, photos and audio to create societal unrest, carry out fraud and damage the reputations of individuals and brands.

“Accordingly and in recognition of the opportunities and threats posed by AI, the 10th House of Representatives will engage stakeholders and experts on this and related issues.”

“Abbas added: ” We shall leverage their potential and address issues of privacy, accountability, ethics, security and intellectual property. We will also work with the Executive to ensure the integration of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and renewable energy into the school curriculum.

“Therefore, in the coming weeks, I will introduce a bill to regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ensure better conditions for the development and use of this innovative technology in Nigeria.

“This will be the first such effort in Africa and one of only a few undertaken by parliaments worldwide.”

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, who was represented on the occasion by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Sani Musa, said Nigeria must break the shackles of its mono-economy to increase its revenue base.

He said: “Decades ago, Nigeria was the world’s largest producer of cocoa, palm produce, groundnuts and others. We had groundnut pyramids in the North, the Cocoa House in the West, and palm plantations in the East.

“I believe that if we go back to these agricultural products and add them to our oil earnings, our revenue generation will be boosted.

“All the same we should know that if the Government spends more than its revenue, it is bad for our country.

“We in the National Assembly, in our oversight function, will also act to ensure that parastatals and agencies of government are in step with the expectation of the Tinubu Administration and Nigerians in expenditure management.



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