The event was organized by International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (Shift Initiative) titled ‘Awaking the Young Internet Users’. 140 High School Ambassadors from 9 schools in Ikoyi Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos participated.
Schools represented are:
- Ilado Community Senior High School, Osborne, Ikoyi
- Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Osborne, Ikoyi
- Girls Senior Grammar School, Keffi, Ikoyi
- Falomo Senior High School, Keffi, Ikoyi
- Ireti Senior Grammar School, Keffi, Ikoyi
- Government Senior College Osborne, Ikoyi
- Aunty Ayo Girls Senior Comprehensive School, Keffi, Ikoyi
- Government College Maroko, Osborne, Ikoyi
- Akande Dahunsi Memorial High School, Osborne, Ikoyi
The campaign provided the students an opportunity to learn the facts about Cyber crime and the consequences associated with it.
The workshop at started at 11am with a warm welcome and expressions of gratitude to all in attendance by Mr. Iziomoh Bidemi Felix, Founder / Director, International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria. In his statement, he explains briefly what Cyber-crime means, what students should know about cybercrime and the reason behind the awareness campaign.
Mr Ariyo Muritala from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), who gave the keynote speech on cyber crime and its consequences; shared points on the use of the internet, advantages and disadvantages of the internet, challenges, offences and punishment in engaging in cyber crime, he also explain to the students how they can be safe online and avoid criminal tendencies.
Mr Samin Amaddin, the Head of Public Affairs Economic and Financial Crime Commission Lagos, who graced the occasion with his assistant officer summed up what Mr Ariyo has said by explaining to the students, what they need to know about ‘internet fraud’ and he advice the students to concentrate on their studies and use the internet for research and other positive work. Official magazines from EFCC were shared among each representative of the different schools represented to take to their various schools.
The session was not just awaking the young internet users, but there were also activities like quiz on online safety on how students can be safe online, take precautions about what they post online and resist peer pressure. Prizes such as books on Leadership and Goal Setting was given to the students who participated and Mr Samin from the EFCC gave some booklets about Scam and corruption to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize position who participated for the quiz competition.
There was also a presentation on gaming and Education by Mr Adedoyin Ogundoyin from West Africa Game Exhibition you presented on how students can make games that are educative.
The evaluation sheets collected at the end of the session showed a remarkable knowledge of cyber crime and online safety as the students gave their comments on what they learnt and suggestions of what the EFCC should do to offenders.
Below are comments and suggestions from some of the participants:
Adie Comfort from Wahab Folawiyo Junior High School suggested that the next program should be able to teach how to do things in the internet without being involved in cybercrime.
Aiguehiven Osahon from Ireti Senior Grammar School suggested that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission should create awareness on how to use the internet rightly.
Alibi Nicky Waidat from Government Senior College Ikoyi said the event was educative as it guides against the wrong internet uses such as (Scammers).
Salami Barakat from Ireti Senior Grammar School said, the three points I learn from the event are: to avoid cybercrime and fraudster, not to tell others my personal password or information and that I should be cautious when chatting on the internet
Mohammed Zainab from Ilado Community High School said I didn’t know that people do internet banking fraud, but now I know and would be very careful.
Usman Abdulrahaman from Akande Dahunsi Memorial High School, Ikoyi said, I learnt that before logging into an account online, I should not just skip the warning but read carefully, and also before accepting friend request I should verify properly.
My Adedoyin Adedeji gave the closing remarks and he advised the students on how they should be careful with what they do online.