The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has distanced himself from attempts by the Federal Government to introduce a new Social Media Bill, saying there is no need for such since there is an existing CyberCrime Act.
Governor Makinde took this stand following speculations that South-West Governors have endorsed the enactment of the Social Media Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Governor clarified that at the meeting between the South-West Governors and a presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Governors urged the Federal Government to use the existing CyberCrime Prohibition and Prevention Act of 2015 to curb the menace of fake news proliferation across the country.
He maintained that he wouldn’t be part of any attempt to introduce a new Social Media Bill.
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Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed has urged South-East Governors to support the Federal Governments’ plan to regulate the use of Social Media.
Recall that last week, Governors from the Northern region of the country threw their weight behind the Federal Government on Social Media censorship arising from its influence on the #EndSARS protest.