The Economic and Organised Crime Office as part of its activities for the year 2022 embarked on a sensitisition drive on Prohibited Cyber Activities and related matters in the Volta Region.
The programme targeted some selected senior High schools in the region. The first phase of the programme was from 25th– 29th April while the second phase began on 9th -13th May, 2022.
The objects of the programme were to create awareness on the negative and positive effects of the internet. The programme also threw light on the types of cybercrimes and also the effect these crimes have on the youth/individual, businesses and the country as a whole.
The Head of the Public Affairs Unit, Mrs. Faustina Lartey in her presentation mentioned, a number of cybercrimes but notable among them are Romance and Dating Scam, Mobile Money Fraud, Scholarship scam, hacking and advance fee fraud (419). In addition she emphasized the fact that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
In all a total of 24 schools were selected for the programme and over 35,000 students interacted with the team. The schools are Leklebi Senior High School, Hohoe E.P. Senior High School, Bishop Herman Senior High School, Kpando Senior High School, Kpando Senior High Technical School and Anfoega Senior High School. Others include Vakpo Senior High School, Vakpo Senior High Technical School, Awudome Senior High School, Kpedze Senior High School, Dzolo Senior High School, Aveyime-Battor Senior High Technical School and Sogakope Senior High School.
The other beneficiary schools were Anlo Senior High School, Zion Senior High School, Three- Town Senior High School, Dzodze-Penyin Senior High School, Akatsi Senior High School, Ave Senior High School Agortime Senior High School, Adaklu Senior High Ola Senior High school, Mawuko Senior High school and Mawuli Senior High School.
She concluded her delivery by encouraging all persons present to report perpetrators of cyber-crimes to the EOCO and other law enforce agencies. This would make Ghana a safe haven for its citizens and also investor-friendly for business people who would want to invest in the economy of Ghana of which they are future leaders.