ABUJA—National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, has called for safe and positive use of the internet in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of the board, Mr Adedayo Thomas, made the call on Tuesday while delivering his speech at an event to mark the 2018 Safer Internet Day in Abuja.
He called on relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to sensitise youths on safe and positive use of internet.
February 6, is marked globally as Safer Internet Day to create awareness, advice and support to young people, parents and guardians on how to ensure safer use of the internet.
The theme of this year’s edition is: “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You.”
The NFVCB boss, stressed the importance of government, parents and teachers role in creating a better internet for everyone. He also stressed the need for young Nigerians, especially students to be tutored on safe and productive use of the internet, that allows access to information through the new media.
“It is no longer news that digital technology has taken over the world, therefore, we must teach our children and young people how to stay safe on the internet.
“They need to be equipped with the necessary skills to use the internet in a responsible manner.
In his address, the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while commending NFVCB and other stakeholders for organising the event, urged the NFVCB to take the message of safer Internet for Nigerian youths to the National Council on Information for states to key into its campaign.
“The Federal Government is doing everything to ensure that Nigerian children make productive and positive use of the internet.
“All state commissioners of information in Nigeria are members of the National Council of Information, and they can take the Internet Safety campaign to their respective states,’’ he said.
The event which was sponsored by Public Private Development Centre, Homevida, Google, NFVCB and other ICT organisations was atternded by students from selected secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).