The Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), University of Jos, Prof. Ishaya Tanko has warned students to avoid plagiarism and “be original in the content of their writing”.

Prof. Ishaya who was represented by the Head of Website Administration and e-Services, Mr. Joseph Eseyn, stated this on a one-day awareness on ICT organized by the Students Union Government (SUG), the University of Jos at the University Auditorium, Bauchi Road on the 16th of  December, 2017.

Mr. Eseyn, who took a session on the Importance of ICT on Educational Research and the Society at Large, assured that the ICT unit will liaise with the SUG officials so as to start publishing the unions’ activities on the University website.

Head of Web Admin & e-Services Mr. Joseph Eseyn

Eseyn further revealed the plan of the center to reactivate the ICT internship programme which was aimed at training students on digital skills and ICT services.

He also encouraged students to take the advantage of the ICT and come to the center as there is always an open door to help guide the students on how to use internet services.

“Just develop the interest and link with us at the ICT Center. We are ready and always willing to collaborate with students to enable them to have access to our ICT services,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr. Ben Jang of the ICT Center assured the students of access to WiFi Internet services in the comfort of their hostels before first quarter of next year, adding that, if the facilities are being set up, social media is going to be restricted, so as to encourage students to make a good use of the services.

Ben Jang, ICT Center

Similarly, Bar. C.B.N Wuyep of Faculty of Law warned the participants never to indulge in cyber crimes and Internet fraud so as to avoid “status destruction and legal personality”.

Bar. Wuyep who took the session of Cyber Crime, Internet Fraud and Its Implications explained to the participants the legal framework for the prosecution of cyber crimes and Internet fraud as it is enshrined in Section 7 of 2015 Act of Nigeria.

On Cyberstalking, Bar. Wuyep counseled the participants to avoid sending messages that are “grossly offensive for the purpose of causing injury, ill-will, and criminal intimidation”, adding that anyone caught in the act will pay a fine of N7,000,000 with three years jail term.

On the dangers of importation and fabrication of e-Tools, Wuyep said, it is unlawful to produce, manipulate or offer for sale a device for the purpose of committing cybercrime as offenders of such act, if caught, are liable to pay a fine of N5-10 million with seven years jail term.

“It is unlawful to use a counterfeit or unauthorized access device to another person resulting in a loss or gain…, “Deliberate spread of viruses or any malware thereby causing damage to critical information is unlawful,” she said.

Barr. C.B.N Wuyep, Faculty of Law

On his part, the chief host and President of the SUG, Mr. Samson Luka,  further encouraged participants to “take advantage of the available opportunity so as to boost their knowledge on ICT”.

Responding, a participant, Success Zion a 200 Level of Sociology Department said, the seminar has afforded him another opportunity to acquire new knowledge on ICT.

Success, however, appealed to the SUG officials to make proper awareness next time when such an event is organized, describing the low turn-out of the students as a result of the inadequate publicity.

Similarly, Catherine Samuel of Remedial Sciences said the event has brought to her a new knowledge on the legal framework on the cyberspace which she described an informative and educative programme.

The highpoint of the event was the unveiling of SUG Constitution online and website.

A Cross Section of Students as Participants

Report by  Manasseh Mbachii