The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, charged the girl-child to be cyber responsible. He stated this during a 3-day ICT Advocacy and Empowerment Outreach to mark 2022 International Girls in ICT Day the held at the National Center for Women Development, Abuja.
Bawa, who spoke through a staff of the Cybercrime Section, ASE II Kosisochukwu Ejiofor urged the girls to strive to make positive impact in the ICT sector and use the cyberspace to contribute to the growth and development of their environment.
She warned them of the dangers of involving in cybercrime and enlightened them on various ways they might fall prey to cyber criminals.
“Don’t visit unknown websites and don’t talk to strangers online. Don’t send nude pictures to anyone and don’t receive same from anyone”, she said.
She enumerated ways they can protect their cyber-space to include avoiding downloads from unknown sources, use of strong password, installation of anti-malware programme in the devices, avoid connecting to public Wifi for private engagement and use of 2-factor verification.
ASE II Ejiofor urged the girls to report economic and financial crimes as soon as they suspect any by using the Commission’s Eagle Eye App as it is fast and easy to use.
The coordinator of the programme, Princess Iphie said that the initiative which has been on for 19 years, is designed to train teenagers (girls) and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The programme themed: “Access and Safety” was organised by Nobleteens Africa, African Heritage Magazine for Teens and persons parenting teens.