UKAid depeens campaigns against cybercrime, cultism across Nigeria


•THRIVE ONLINE, CANCEL CULTS programmes transforming lives in Lagos, Edo,  Bayelsa

The THRIVE ONLINE campaign, a vital component of the broader BRIGHTER FUTURES programme supported by the UK government, continues its proactive efforts to combat cybercrime and cultism in Nigeria. 

With a targeted focus on Lagos, Edo, and Bayelsa States, the campaign aims to safeguard individuals, families, and communities from the detrimental impacts of these societal scourges.

Ahmad Jumare, one of the Communications Managers of the Programme, underscored the grave threat posed by cybercrime in Nigeria. He emphasised the far-reaching consequences, including financial losses and compromised online safety for citizens. 

Highlighting data from Kaspersky, a leading cybersecurity firm, Jumare reiterated Nigeria's unfortunate distinction as the African country with the highest number of cyber threats over the past year.

In response, the THRIVE ONLINE campaign has ramped up its efforts to promote online safety and awareness. 

Through its online platform thriveonlinenigeria.com, Facebook page, and monthly radio show on Eco FM, the campaign disseminates valuable information and best practices to mitigate cyber risks. Additionally, targeted interventions focus on mentoring young individuals at risk of involvement in cybercrime, redirecting their trajectories towards positive opportunities.

In the same vein, the CANCEL CULTS campaign addresses the pervasive issue of cultism and serious organised crime, particularly in Edo and Bayelsa States. 

Utilising various platforms such as Facebook, radio talk shows, awareness events, and school engagements, the campaign delivers targeted messages aimed at preventing youth from succumbing to cult-related violence and criminal activities.

Mentorship programmes and sports initiatives play a pivotal role in sensitising vulnerable youths to the dangers of cultism while offering alternative pathways to personal and professional development. By collaborating with government agencies and civil society organisations, the CANCEL CULTS campaign strives to create an enabling environment where youths can thrive through legitimate means.

Both campaigns are integral parts of the overarching BRIGHTER FUTURES programme, which has already made significant strides in transforming the lives of vulnerable youths across various communities. By providing skills acquisition programs, community-based initiatives, and mentorship opportunities, the programme empowers individuals to build sustainable livelihoods while addressing past trauma and enhancing self-worth.

Philip Slaboh, Bayelsa state coordinator for the program, commended the positive impact of the Bright Futures Project, noting tangible changes in the behavior and outlook of youths involved in drugs and cultism. He underlined the importance of intervention programs in steering young people towards constructive pathways and away from the perils of criminality.

Similarly, Williams Ehisogie, head of Edo State Security Network (ESSN) in Idogbo secretariat, Ikpoba- Okha LGA, shared, “The Brighter Futures project introduced valuable skills, such as interacting with organizations mandated for crime prevention. For instance, when we rescued a human trafficking victim in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, I contacted the project team, who connected me with NAPTIP for prosecution—a testament to the effectiveness of collaboration."

Meanwhile, Mrs Blessing Abiri, Lagos state coordinator for the programme, stressed: "Success in preventing serious and organized crime hinges on building resilience and strategically mapping goals to experience transformative life changes. The Brighter Futures interventions have opened beneficiaries up to the impact of a growth mindset and self-confidence to thrive in their communities without fear, empowering them with renewed hope for a bright future."

The THRIVE ONLINE and CANCEL CULTS campaigns represent proactive measures aimed at safeguarding Nigerian communities and fostering a brighter future for all citizens.

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