The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), according to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, has partnered with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to check Internet fraud.
The VC made it known that the partnership wiould be complemented with the introduction of an academic programme to combat the trend popularly known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.
Prof. Adamu revealed this in Abuja on Monday during the inauguration of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning.
Accoding to findings by schoolworld, the EFCC Director of Organisational Support, Aminu Gusau, while identifying NOUN as a critical stakeholder in the fight against economic crimes in Nigeria, requested the introduction of crime courses.
He made it known that the request was coming after a proposal made by the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
“Learning institutions are the best place to start engaging youths as partners in the fight against crime. Whether we like it or not, you are real stakeholders in this fight against corruption. We are trying to see the best ways to collaborate,” he stated.
Prof. Adamu, however, expressed concern over the high rate of cybercrime among youths, as he said the course would, among other things focus on the ethical use of the Internet, including sending a strong message to Internet fraudsters in the country.
“Dr. Aminu Gusau has raised a very critical component which we have missed completely because we are blinded by technology; the fact that technology is used in many wrong ways. That is why in Nigeria we have a lot of young boys who are internet scammers. So, I think it will be a very good idea if we include the EFCC as part of the inspectorial partners in order to develop a short course on the ethical use of the internet.
“On behalf of the university, we have appointed Gasau and the executive chairman as central partners in developing a programme on ICT ethics for younger people so that we can reduce the rate of internet fraud that Nigeria has come to be well known for,” the VC stated.