Vincent Olatunji, the director general of Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), has warned Nigerians against uploading and exposing their personal information on the internet as doing so exposes an individual to possible danger, The Nation reports.
Olatunji was speaking at the closing ceremony of a summer training programme organised by the Teen Ambassador Foundation in collaboration with Net Access Communication Ltd in Abuja.
The summer training which began on July 24 and ended on Sept. 2 was targeted at training Teenagers and Youth on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education with Robotics.
Represented by the head of legal enforcement and regulation of the commission, Babatunde Bamigboye, the director general said Nigerians should be wary of putting all their data on the internet so as to keep people from knowing everything about them.
He said: “At the commission, we protect data, and most of what you will need to develop apps depends on data. You must protect your information when you go online. It is important that this form part of our curriculum as teachers of children because they are now exposed to what adults are exposed to.”
He commended TAF for organising such a programme to keep the children busy during the holiday while assuring the teenagers that 20 years from now they would remember “today and thank the organiser.
“The world of ICT especially this robotic artificial intelligence is the world of the new oil where everyone is going towards. Now you have better opportunities than Bill Gates.”
The director general of Teen Ambassador Foundation (TAF), Paul Adiwu called on the federal government to invest more on Information and Communications Technology for teenagers
Adiwu said even though the centre was not a training institute, it has a passion for developing the potential of teenagers in the country and exposing them to science technology engineering, mathematics, and robotics by employing experts to engage them.
Also speaking, the member representing Jos North, Bassa Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Hon. Avia Agah commended the Director General of TAF for the initiative, saying “I am overwhelmed and happy, you have chosen humanity at a time when the country is grappling with so many challenges, you have chosen to keep our children in this endeavour.”