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All set for Online Protection Summit

02 September 2013, 14:49

Lagos - More than 5 000 youth from across the country will gather in Abuja on Tuesday for First Lady Patience Jonathan's Online Protection Summit.

The First Lady in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Federal Ministry of Technology and the Ministry of Youth Development are organising the summit.

The event will be held under the theme "The Internet: Emerging Threats and Solutions for the Youth."

The summit will, among other things, enlighten the youth on cyber security and the need to stay safe while utilising online resources.

The summit is also expected to underscore the importance of internet as a modern day tool for excellence and a vehicle for exposing the vulnerability of youths.

A member of the organizing committee Anthony Elue said preparations had gone well.

"I can tell you that all the necessarily logistics have been put in place to make sure that this summit is a success.

"Some of the youth expected for the summit are already in Abuja. We are still expecting many of them to come in this (Monday) evening," Elue said.

He also added that adequate security measures have also been put in place to ensure the safety of the youths that will attend the summit.

A statement issued earlier by Ayo Adesugba, a director of information in the presidency said the summit was also expected to produce youth-focused initiatives and ideas to promote the safety of youths on information super highway.

“Youths attending the summit will hold an interactive forum with the first lady while she will unveil the Child Online Protection (COP) Champion Website at the event.

"Participants will receive online protection training provided by Google Nigeria, while 100 lucky participants will be offered scholarships for ICT training from New Horizons. All participants will receive the Online Protection Guide Book,” the statement said.

ITU appointed Jonathan as Online Child Protection Champion in July.

- CAJ News


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