The Vice Chancellor of the Wisconsin International University College in Accra, Professor Obeng Mireku, has admonished students to use their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills to develop themselves and the country instead of engaging in fraudulent activities.
“Apply the skills you have acquired to good use and not for criminal purposes since that could destroy your academic ambitions and life aspirations as well,” he stated.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for Senior High School graduates who had completed a three-week Intensive Information Technology (IT) Training organised by Wisconsin, Prof Mireku implored them to desist from using computer skills to engage in internet fraud, such as computer hacking or other cyber crimes which was posing a major security threat in the country.
“That is why we also advised parents to keep an eye on the devices your children are using as there is the tendency for them to misuse these devices,” he said.
He congratulated the students for taking part in the course and urged them to continue learning the new trends in ICT to become better students.
In all, 158 graduates from schools within the capital and beyond received certificates after going through training in Website Designing, Microsoft Office Suite and other basic ICT skills.
The training was part of Wisconsin’s Community Engagement and Empowerment for Sustainability (CEEPS) aimed at engaging and empowering the youth especially less-privileged through access to quality education, research, open learning and volunteerism.
One of the graduates, Mercy Adjeley Adjei, commended the management of Wisconsin for organising the training which she believed would go a long way to assist them academically.
She said, “Initially I did not have the courage to even go to the internet café, as I had practically no knowledge of computers but coming for the training has really changed my perception and also allowed me to gain some basic ICT skills.”
BY MICHAEL ABAYATEYE