Al-hikmah University warns students against cybercrime – VC

By Felix Ajide

The Vice Chancellor, Al- hikmah University, llorin in Kwara Prof. Noah Yusuf has warned students against cyber crimes, saying the institution will continue to sensitse its students to shun cybercrime or ‘Yahoo’.

Yusuf said this on Monday at an event commemorating his one year in office as the 5th VC of the lmstitution

He added that, the Institution has an academic programme that is called cyber security.

The VC said further that the programme is also one of the things done by the institution to curb cybercrime.

Yusuf noted that the institution is one of the few institutions implementing such into its academic planning.

He explained that the programme provides the student positive education about cyber, to prevent them from using the medium to commit crime but rather to use it for their own benefit and that of the society.

He said, “Cyber crime is common in the youths of today and what Al-hikmah has done is to contribute by sensitising its student on reasons to avoid practicing the crime.”

Prof Noah Yusuf Vice Chancellor

The VC listed numerous challenges that affect both private and public universities in Nigeria.

He said that the general challenges facing Nigerian universities are: Inadequate funding, infrastructural deficit, brain drain, political interference, students anti-social acts in form of cultism, drug abuse, sexual harassment, examination misconduct etc.

“Also, negative work attitude of an average Nigerian, Disruption of academic calendar due to incessant strikes by University Union, uncooperative and at times hostile host communities, are what affects Universities generally.”

According to him, this programme is just one in many done to ensure the students of Al-hikmah University are not part of the perpetrators of such act.

Also, the VC spoke on how the institution has experienced cyber crime in form of hacking but were able to tackle it due to the measures laid down.

“This has also made the institution to have a partnership with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in which they came to sensitize the students on Anti-corruption acts and cyber crime.

Yusuf also during the course of the event spoke on other achievements that the institution has recorded in the last one year.

He said that the institution has established income generation ventures such as car wash, laundry services, support for water factory through facilitation, community Outreach”

“Also the institution has established Al-hikmah online radio and are it’s in the process of commencing university community radio” the VC added.

According to Yusuf, the university will establish more viable academic programmes as a way of improving enrolment and income generation to the institution.

” In fulfilling this promise, the Centre for Peace and Security Studies was established under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and has commenced academic activities essentially with postgraduate programmes in Peace and Security Studies.”

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