TCTI Seeks Collaboration with Anti-graft Agency on High-Tech Digital Skills for Youths

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The Teachers Continuous Training institute (TCTI), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to embrace a training opportunity on digital skills for youths and repentant internet fraudsters away from restive pursuits and towards productive ones that will benefit society NEGROIDHAVEN has learnt.

This call was made in Abuja on Friday, when the Director-General of the Institute, Professor Taoheed Adedoja led a delegation of the Institute and other interested parties to the EFCC headquarters on a courtesy visit.

Adedoja said news on social media about the concerns of EFCC regarding the activities and damaging effects of internet fraudsters, popularly called ‘yahoo boys’ have become a thing of concern to the Institute.

“Mr Chairman, our Institute has a centre for digital literacy and emerging skills and about a year ago, we carried out a research to find out the digital literacy levels of Nigerians using Cross River State as our sample. We discovered that less than 14 of the 1000 participants we sampled have the minimum digital requirements. So, when we saw in the news concerning your engagement, we discovered that internet fraudsters are incredibly clever and we know their intelligence needs to be positively deployed for their self- development and usefulness.

“We believe that our Institute, in collaboration with your Commission, can come up with various high-tech programs for their rehabilitation and integration.”

Professor Adedoja continued “we want the youths to take over the country but the question is; do we want them to deploy their intelligence to destroy Nigeria or use same for the development of Nigeria? I believe that with this collaboration, you are going to make lasting legacies in this country because we have a Chairman that is interested in these boys”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, praised the collaboration proposal, pointing out that the Commission’s mandate is to eradicate economic and financial crimes from the nation and to inform the public about the effects and risks of cybercrime.

His words: “it is good to also collaborate to achieve our mandate. When we are investigating these boys, I see crime and see opportunities in it and I think we can focus on the prevention which is always better, the challenge is that a lot of them do not have the means to train themselves, so if we can reduce the possibility of crimes by training the youths to be gainfully employed, then we can salvage our country”.

“That is why we need people like you (Adedoja) to give us the platform. In fact, we are also trying to open a Cyber Crime Training Center, which I believe will be the best. We look forward to a more beneficial relationship”, he said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Intergovernmental Affairs, Barr. Chris Njar Ogar, and the Director of Academic and Professional Services at TCTI, Dr. Godwin Ogar, were among those who visited the EFCC headquarters as part of the delegation.