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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Govt adopts hi-tech to curb cybercrime

Remmy Nweke

Tough days await online fraudsters in the country, as the Federal Government (FG) through collaboration between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Working Group on Cybercrime (NWGC), is now installing security cameras and software at selected cybercafes nationwide.

This is in effort to curb the growing involvement of Nigerians in cyber related crimes which has gruesomely painted the nation in the bad light.

President, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and immediate past president, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, while disclosing this at a one-day Telecoms/IT summit organized by the City People Media Group in Lagos, said it would assist greatly in downsizing the number of Nigerians engaged on cybercrimes.

Ekuwem, who is the chief executive, Teledom Group and member of the Presidential Committee on Online crimes, said the installations would take shots of customers at cyber cafes as they come in.

Also, he said, the proposed software is to keep records of electronic exploits on every system or server through which 419ners, who have since gone online could be traced.

“So that they could be specifically traced to a cafĂ© and Internet Protocol (IP) address extracted for persecutions,” he said.

He further said at the summit held on the theme, “Taking Advantage of the Opportunities in Telecommunications Sector,” that these efforts by the government was in line with the nation’s resolve to reposition for global competitiveness.

Also deliberating on the need to update curriculum for tertiary institutions, so as to empower the youth for tomorrow, Dr. Ekuwem noted, that its relevant to insure Nigerian youths as truly future leaders.

He enjoined youths in the country and particularly the students to manage their time well and positively.

This, he said, could be achieved by concentrating on their studies and using the Internet for good purposes capable of leapfrogging them to the next level of human development anchored on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) deployment, both at schools and cafes.

ATCON, he said, is joining forces with other stakeholders to ensure that curriculum upgrade takes effect.

He pointed out that until this is done, lecturers could now upgrade knowledge-wise, to enable them impact correct knowledge to the youths.

“Once our lecturers are upgraded, the market would be flooded with ICT text books,” he asserted.

Stressing that, its not who get you there that matters nowadays, “but for what you have upstairs – brain.”

Faith without hardwork, he said, is dead, mostly when some students would abandon their class works for unending vigils and night clubbing.


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