The Curator, National Museum in Lagos, Omotayo Adeboye, on Thursday advised Nigerian youths and students to shun cyber crimes and other fraudulent practices.
Adeboye gave the advise at the Museum’s maiden Palettes and Strokes Painting Competition, organised in conjunction with the Total and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
It was held at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, with the theme: “Social Media: My Perspective”.
Adeboye said that the painting competition was organised to address and change wrongful use of the social media by youths, most especially students.
She said the competition was also organised to celebrate and promote creativity and ingenuity among young students of some secondary schools in the state.
According to her, many Nigerian youths have made negative use of the social media which had resulted in negative habits of engaging in pornography, cyber crimes and other forms of fraudulent practises.
She urged the students and youths to disengage from such deviant attitudes as the nation’s culture was not in terms with such habits and should be guided on the use of the social media.
“The different ways the social media has influenced the older adults and youths today cannot be pushed aside as unimportant.
“Youths have embraced pornography, cyber crimes and other fraudulent acts due to wrongful use of the social media, unwanted practices in the society, which negates our culture as a nation.
“The observed impacts informed the choice of the theme of the competition which we believe will help further the societal advocacy for the correction of these vices,” she said.
Adeboye said that the museum was the custodian of nation’s cultural heritage and it organised programmes that promote, inform and educate the public on cultural resources.
She appreciated the sponsors for their contributions to the success of the programme as it becomes an annual event to further correct the societal ills.
Earlier, Mr Mike Sangster, Managing Director, Total Nigeria Limited, represented by Dr Charles Ngeribara, Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor, said that the partnership was a corporate social responsibility initiative.
Sangster said that this was the company’s way of showing commitment to people, culture and the environment through the “Total Foundation Programme”.
“Total Foundation is a platform for all societal initiative to heighten our commitment to enhancing development with a special focus on young people.
“The four areas of priority to Total Foundation are: Safety on roads; Youths inclusion and education; Forest and Climate; Cultural dialogue and heritage.
“Total’s policy of diversity to encourage intellectual dialogue is key to the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the competition had 10 students from 20 schools that were assessed based on their abilities to project positive cultural values through the social media on their paintings.
The paintings were also supposed to illustrate the theme of the competition.
For the Junior category, Igbobi College, Yaba,Lagos, took the first position; Methodist Boys High School, Victoria Island, came second and St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege, settled for the third position.
Queens College,Yaba, emerged first position in the Senior category; Emerald High School, Ogurun Village, Ogun, came second, while Igbobi College, Yaba, came third.
The winners were awarded prizes and certificates of participation each.
The Managing Director, Young Art Gallery and one of the judges, Biodun Omolayo, gave the outstanding students some study vouchers for further art studies in his gallery.
Edited by Josephine Obute/Olagoke Olatoye https://nnn.ng/curator-advises-youths-students-against-cyber-crimes/