Concerned about the volume of hate messages in the social media
and the level of crime in the Nigerian cyberspace, the National
Orientation Agency (NOA) is synergizing with the National
Communications Commission (NCC) to discourage the trend.
This was the fall-out of a working visit by the NOA Director
General, Garba Abari to the NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar
Danbata where Abari canvassed a more systematic deployment of
social media for character molding and youth guidance.
Describing communication media as character molders, Abari
said Nigeria was paying a costly prize for the erosion of its
values over the years, largely by the irresponsible use of
communication media and the infiltration of wrong values into the
new media. He said the role of social media in an
information-driven age was very critical to the values
reorientation drive of Nigeria, calling for a change to positive
use of social media.
Similarly, Prof. Umar Danbata urged Nigerian cyber space users
to be more responsible and sensitive to the protection of the
nationâ€™s core values. He also urged NOA to x-ray
the Cyber Crimes Act to discover possible windows for sensitization
of cyberspace users on the avoidance of cybercrimes and the need to
deploy cyberspace for positive, productive and patriotic
A six-man joint committee was set up to work out areas of
collaboration between NOA and NCC toward promoting healthier, more
patriotic content in social media messaging in the country.