In an effort to combat the growing issue of cybercrime on Nigerian campuses, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has initiated a crucial dialogue with the leaders of tertiary institutions across the country. The interactive session brought together chancellors, rectors, and provosts of tertiary institutions in Kogi State at the Ilorin zonal command.
Mr. Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of EFCC, addressed the gathering through the agency’s Ilorin Zonal Commander, Michael Nzekwe. He emphasized the necessity of taking proactive measures to tackle cybercrime among students and called upon educational authorities to implement strategies that would deter students from engaging in criminal activities. Additionally, he urged parents to take a more active role in fostering the moral development of their children within the educational system.
Mr. Olukoyede highlighted the significance of collective efforts in eradicating corruption from the country, stating, “The commission can achieve the task of ridding the country of corruption if every institution gets involved and actively participates in the fight against the menace. Higher institutions must endeavor to change the current negative narrative regarding the quality of education in Nigeria. This is because a corruption-free Nigeria is possible if every individual is proactively and sincerely involved in the fight against corruption.”
Responding to these concerns, Professor Salawu Sadiku, Vice Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, suggested that anti-corruption courses should be incorporated into the school curriculum at all levels. He emphasized the need to guide today’s youth away from vices that could jeopardize their future and academic pursuits, urging them to focus on their studies and refrain from engaging in cybercrimes.
The meeting also included the participation of other prominent educational leaders, including Dr. Salisu Usman, Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Umar Hassan, Provost of College of Education, Okene, Dr. Yahaya Usman, Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Idah, and Dr. Victoria Jagboro, Provost of College of Education (technical), Kabba.
This collaborative initiative between the EFCC and educational institutions demonstrates a collective commitment to safeguarding the future of Nigerian students by addressing the growing threat of cybercrime on campuses. It highlights the importance of creating an environment that not only fosters academic growth but also instills values that deter criminal activities among the youth.
The engagement of VCs, rectors, and provosts in this endeavor signifies a strong partnership between law enforcement and the education sector, showcasing their shared commitment to ensuring a safer and more secure learning environment for students.
Source: Daily Trust
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