By Dayo Adu

A tech developer, Michael Mekulehi has charged Nigerian youths to shun cybercrime in their quest to attain financial and academic success.

Mekulehi gave the charge while delivering the 2023 Matriculation Lecture of the University of Ibadan.

Mekulehi, A first class graduate in Mechanical Engineering of the university, who spoke on the topic: “Integrity in the Technology Age“, explained that a data obtained by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in 2021, two hundred and eleven thousand, seven hundred and thirteen  fraud cases were recorded while about two billion naira were lost by commercial banks to cybercrime.

The Ondo-born tech developer, who noted that Nigeria was ranked high in cybercrime, encouraged the students to deploy their energies and times on Artificial Intelligence skills which was in high demand globally to break even in their pursuit for financial freedom.

He advised them to be proactive, embrace principle of time management, synergize and combine skills with, and embrace positive criticism so as to be a force to reckon with in the scheme of things.

In his address to the matriculants, Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan Professor Kayode Adebowale, who spoke through the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Aderonke Bayeroju, admonished the students to strive for excellence and be law abiding in their sojourn in the citadel of learning.

Professor Adebowale, enjoined the three thousand nine hundred and eighty-three matriculants to take their studies seriously saying any student without seventy-five per cent lecture attendance would not be allowed to write exams in the school.

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