By Oluchi Muogbo
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, has enjoined Nigerian youths to shun internet fraud and other related crimes capable of sowing seed of conflicts in the society.
Making the call at a youth conference in Lagos tagged: â€œInternet as a tool for sustainable developmentâ€ organised by the Positive Development Foundation (PDF), Bamidele encouraged the youths to seize opportunities that internet provides rather than engaging in the negative practices associated with it.
According to him, the youths as moral agents for positive development must shun internet fraud, the viewing of pornographic film, the hacking of website to create confusion as well as the posting of inaccurate and misleading information that are capable of sowing the seed of conflict, war, disorder amongst others.
He said in a democratic polity such as Nigeria, the internet would help greatly in fostering inclusive and participatory governance which gives room for a wide range the populace to contribute to policy decisions and disseminate information on important events such as electoral processes, tax payment, and other reform campaigns.
â€œThrough the internet, the government can render accounts of stewardship to the citizenry and this affords the latter such unique opportunity to assess the performance of the political leadership in placeâ€
He further identified the media as most effective tools in educating and mobilizing the youths.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy stated that the theme of the conference captured the ever increasing influence of the information technology and the evolution of the new median the scheme of global transmission and management of information.
He said despite the growth in the usage of the internet around the world, its dispersion and distribution remains highly discouraging.
He further noted that internet users in developing countries like Nigeria only constitute a small percentage of total users.
Speaking on Social Networking, Mr. Chude Jideonwo advised the youth to use the internet to get information that would advance them as a person.
On Internet as a Viable Enterprise, Anwuli Ojogwu noted that â€œIt has impacted on our lives, it has changed the way we share and receive, it has also changed the way we transact business and it can also enable people to create business.â€