Helpline Foundation for the Needy has urged Nigerian women to beware of internet scammers and criminal elements who may want to take advantage of them.
President and Founder of the foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, gave the advice during an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
Speaking at the conference, Ahmadu observed that women must not only take advantage of various online media platforms in getting information and make extra monetary gains, but be wary of people with dubious intentions.
She noted that for African women to be relevant in the media and entertainment industries, they must be ICT compliant, explaining that ICT has made online marketing of goods and services easy for women.
“We must be careful of the negative aspect, such as fraudsters and other vices,” the foundation’s president warned and called on non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations to encourage and support rural women and the girl -child on ICT training, provision of ICT equipment and ICT mentoring.
Ahmadu revealed that panellists at the conference agreed that certain steps should be taken to address issues affecting women in the African continent.
She maintained that women must take advantage of information dissemination through the media and ICT as it was imperative to advance any cause related or tailored towards women and girl child development.
“During the deliberations, panellists also agreed that training and equipping the girl-child on ICT at a young age is imperative as the merit of ICT knowledge could boost their careers.
” ICT has created room for self-development and capacity building in other online courses and African women should be encouraged in taking advantages of various online course platforms.
” The conference however, noted that though ICT has made online marketing of goods and services easy for women, but warned that women should be advised on the negative aspect on ICT such as scammers, online ritualists, fraudsters among other vices.
” The conference therefore, called on women to be extremely smart and report all forms of abuse by individuals taking advantage of them as a result of providing ICT tools, ” she said.
Ahmadu noted that despite the Covid-19 challenges on all sectors, ICT remains standing and was the most sought after sector.