‘Unemployment forcing more Nigerian youths into cyber crime’

By Yakubu Useni

The Senate Committee on Information Communication and Technology and Cyber Crime has lamented the increasing unemployment among Nigerian youths, saying lack of jobs responsible for the menace.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yakubu Useni, representing Kogi Central, said this in Bauchi State when he led his members to Governor Bala Mohammed on a courtesy visit and certification of the First Lady’s pet foundation, Almuhibbah. Yakubu said Nigeria has vibrant youths who can technologically compete with their counterparts across the globe.

He said: “What we are saying is that, the knowledge they are using to commit cyber frauds can be diverted to technological advancement. ICT industry can engage over 50 per cent of our unemployed youths. The cause of the increase in cyber frauds is not farfetched; it is unemployment,” he added.

Yakubu, while reacting to the case of Husspuppi, who was arrested in Dubai for committing several cyber crimes, said the Senate has been on legislation and sensitisation.

Governor Bala Mohammed, in his remarks said the state’s education Ministry and other government operation has been fully digitalised to free resources. “We have deployed ICT to sanitise our payroll. Our teachers now teach and resume to work digitally.”

He lamented that the previous administration’s inability to migrate to digital economy has caused the State huge amount of money. “Then, in few hours they can smulge in about 20 names into our payroll but with the technology, it is very impossible because we have engaged consultants.

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