Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, declared on Wednesday that the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, headed by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), would lessen nationwide harassment of young people carrying laptops.
Following his meeting with the President, who had earlier signed the Start-Up Bill into law, Pantami revealed this to State House reporters.
Young Nigerians have reportedly been harassed and detained by law enforcement after they thought they were internet fraudsters when they saw a laptop in their possession.
This, along with other elements, ultimately sparked the EndSARS demonstrations in October 2020.
Responding to inquiries on the subject, Pantami said Nigerians should anticipate a quicker response to harassment cases with Buhari leading the Council.
An executive arm-initiated bill, the Start-Up law was passed on July 20, 2022, and it aims to create a supportive environment for tech-based start-ups in Nigeria.
The law, according to Pantami, has significant economic advantages and will make it easier for young start-ups to recognize and articulate their business challenges.
The new piece of legislation will also provide a N10bn fund for eligible start-ups nationwide.