The Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC) has frowned at wrongful profiling of youthful Nigerians with computing equipment like laptops, tablets, smartphones and so on by safety companies.
The Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami disclosed this in a statement signed on Tuesday by spokesperson Uwa Suleiman, Channels Tv stories.
The minister also suggested security agencies to be circumspect and exercise restraint from this sort of.
In accordance to the Minister, if this development goes unchecked, it will dampen the vigorous endeavor at diversifying the financial state and push a lot more younger energies underground with catastrophic outcomes.
“The consideration of the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has been drawn to experiences of common harassment of younger Nigerians with personal personal computers, tablets or phablets in community locations.
“These reviews point out that young individuals are commonly regarded as fraudsters by officers of protection businesses if uncovered with these types of units in their possession and subsequently subjected to varied sorts of harassment and in some situations outright extortion.
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“The Ministry notes with dismay, this regrettable flip of activities as we celebrate the increasing and effervescent technological know-how eco-system in Nigeria that permits younger people to master several skills ranging from software program engineering to diverse varieties of entrepreneurship by basically accessing on the internet equipment and content on these devices,” the statement read in portion.
The Ministry explained whilst it is aware that various other persons interact in nefarious functions making use of computers and very similar devices, warning ought to be applied so as not to paint all youthful Nigerians with a similar brush.
They also counseled the initiatives of some regulation enforcement organizations, together with the Economic and Fiscal Crimes Commission (EFCC), in intelligence collecting and subsequent apprehension of these unscrupulous elements who use computing programs to dedicate cybercrimes.
According to them, the electronic economic climate in Nigeria has continued to soar therefore giving impetus to the expansion of ICT as a big phase of the economic system.
“It would, consequently, be counterproductive to stifle this sector of the overall economy by labeling each younger Nigerian with a computing product as a fraudster.
“We have an understanding of the need to have for proactivity to safeguard the society, even so this must be finished credibly even though recognising the fundamental human legal rights of each citizen of Nigeria.
“If these predicament goes unchecked, it will dampen the vigorous try at diversifying the economic climate and instead force additional youthful energies underground with catastrophic consequences,” the assertion additional.
The Federal Ministry of Communications mentioned it is dedicated to operating closely with parastatals including the Nationwide Information and facts Engineering Enhancement Businesses (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and appropriate security companies, Hubs and all groups promoting digital ability developing in Nigeria.
It noted that this would be finished to assure that this sort of incidents are completely removed and that all fingers are on deck to endorse the expansion of a healthier eco-technique supportive of young Nigerians and building possibilities to harness their energies.