Dr. Bayero Agabi, National Coordinator of CECAD

Expert urges Nigerian youths to shun Internet scams, embrace digital innovations

*Dr. Bayero Agabi, tech enthusiast and pioneer promoter of the digital economy, has advised Nigerian youths to reject cyber scams and embrace digital innovations as they can create wealth legitimately form leveraging the Internet

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Stressing the fact that there is much money to be made legitimately in leveraging the Internet, Dr. Bayero Agabi, a tech enthusiast and pioneer promoter of the digital economy, has advised Nigerian youths to shun all forms of illegitimate cyber scams and embrace digital innovations to add value to the country.

Dr. Bayero, who is the National Coordinator of the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), gave the advice while making his opening remarks at the recent World Wide Web (WWW) celebration conference the group organised in Lagos.

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The annual conference was attended by stakeholders from the public and private sector of the Nigerian economy.

He stated that the Internet, globally, has proved to be a legitimate revenue spinner for individuals, corporate organisations and even governments.

There is really no need to be involved in fraudulent activities while using the Internet, he stated.

Bayero said: “Rather than leverage the power of the Internet for fraudulent activities, our youths should learn various online skills available and begin to make real and legitimate money.”

He also disclosed that while some young Nigerians are making good money from uploading captivating videos on YouTube, others are involved in coding and some other ICT skills that are fetching them regular income even from international organisations.

“As organisations, individuals and societies continue to go digital, we would like to canvass for the responsible use of the internet.

“Don’t do today what you will not be proud off tomorrow. Use the Internet responsibly,” said he.

The CECAD National Coordinator also warned that as the Internet usage grows, there are specific harmful effects associated with it.

According to him, such effects include Internet addiction, information overload, harm to social relationships, harm to cognitive development, harm to public/private boundaries, harmful effects on knowledge, beliefs as well as harm to democracy and democratic citizenships.

ConsumerConnect reports the World Wide Web Day celebration is a global celebration dedicated to Web browsing, online activity that brings wealth of knowledge to your fingertips.

The day was set aside to celebrate the way the internet created an environment for collaboration and business growth.

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