Nasarawa State Government has expressed its commitment to provide job opportunities for the youth in the state through the use of Information Communication Technology, ICT sector.


The State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule stated this at the Consumer Outreach Programme organised by the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC held at the Crown Luxury Hotel Lafia, the Nasarawa State Capital.


Stressing the importance of Information Communication Technology to the growth and development of the society, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule revealed the state government's resolve to establish Information Communication Technology hubs that will enhance the knowledge of youths in the sector as ICT remains the trend globally.


Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Abuja liaison, John Thomas, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule decried the growing trend of internet fraud and the need to be cautious, just as he urged regulatory authorities to adopt modalities that will put an end to the trend.


Nasarawa State Government also called on the telecom service providers to ensure full telecom coverage across the state in order to ensure that industrial revolution is fully achieved in the state.


Speaking, Director Consumer affairs Bureau NCC ,Felicia Onwuebuchulam noted that the programme is to reachout to telecom consumers and operators to underscore the problem in the sector as it seeks to inform and educate the consumers on the best way to overcome the challenges they often encounter.


"However, it is our belief at the NCC that one of the most effective ways to protect telecom consumers from the effects of cybercrimes is through continuous consumer education and awareness such as the one we are having here today".


Mrs Felicia explained that the commission deemed it necessary to organise such fora across the country so as to enhance its regulatory framework as well as further educate the people on the growing effect of cybercrime in the society and how to cub the system.

On his part, the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Alh Ismail Adedigba stated that realising that liberation of the telecoms industry has led to increase I the usage of internet-based solutions and services, the NCC has initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for internet service providers in the country.


"The internet code is a regulatory intervention expected to secure the country's cyber space against threat from cyber attackers as well as addressing issues such as online online child protection, privacy and data protection among others".


Alhaji Adedigba emphasized that telecom consumers must play their roles in minimizing the effect of cybercrime by availing themselves for such educative and informative meetings as the outreach programme.



The event featured paper presentations on how to curb cyber crimes and block unwanted messages from service providers.