BY Godfrey AKON
Yhe National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has reaffirmed its commitment to uphold, promote and protect the core financial values and principles that will deepen accountability and transparency in the overall financial administration of the Scheme.
NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, who made the commitment said all hands must be on deck to safeguard the Scheme’s financial system from fraudulent activities.
Ibrahim disclosed this in Abuja while declaring open the GIFMIS/REMITA training for NYSC Account Officers themed; “Implementation and review of GIFMIS/REMITA payment procedure: Emerging Trends”.
He said NYSC has made impressive strides in the use of GIFMIS/REMITA payment platform since enrolling in 2011.
Represented by the Director, ICT, Mrs Christy Uba, also said the scheme is not oblivious of the challenges confronting the operation of the new technology-driven payment system.
“Issues such as identity theft, fraudulent and unauthorized intrusions into computers, hacking, phishing, and other forms of cybercrimes must be taken serious,” he said.
The NYSC DG implored participants to make the best use of the knowledge acquired from the workshop in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking further, Ibrahim called for vigilance from Account Officers, adding that, recent happenings revealed that hackers could install several programmes in a computer system without the owner’s awareness.
“Such programmes could be used to steal sensitive information such as password and credit card details, as well as import files from your systems.
“Since the NYSC financial systems rely wholly on GIFMIS/REMITA platforms, the weight and consequences of criminal infiltration of the system will be devastating for the Scheme.
“Given the phenomenal rise and sophistication of cyber-criminality in our financial space, I wish to call for vigilance and caution by all NYSC officers dealing with GIFMIS/REMITA technology”, he said.