29 November 2012

Nigeria: Stakeholder Cautions Against On Online Plagiarism

Director General of the National Centre for Science and Technology Management (NACETEM), Prof. Willie Siyanbola, has called for proper orientation on students who use the internet daily, to forestall possible infringement on people's intellectual property.

Siyanbola, who gave the advice in a telephone conversation with THISDAY, expressed regrets that students are in the habit of lifting other people's work, without crediting the original owner of the copyright.

He observed that easy access to all forms of materials online now makes students and researches bother less about plagiarism, which is punishable with a jail term sentence. Besides, he noted that easy access to materials online makes students very lazy and should be discouraged.

Siyanbola, who is also a professor of Material Science and Energy at the Obafemi Awolowo University said, "The young minds must be thought the difference between sourcing for materials online, and coping other people works. The two definitely has a difference, and must be made know to them, because it doesn't only make them lazy, but could land them in trouble.

He also called for general moderation on students' use of the internet, multimedia and social media in Nigeria, particularly the number of hours students spend on the social media when they should be studying.

He said: "The mere presence of the internet and the social media if truly studied, shows that it has become a tool of abuse, mishandling and restlessness for the younger generation.

Siyanbola expressed regrets that most school students within the age bracket of 12-25 spend an average of 12 hours daily on one gadget or the other- mobile phone, or the computers, clicking away on twitter, Facebook, 2go, Whatsup, BBM to name but a few especially at very odd hours.

He also noted that of late, the Social media has become an instrument for committing crimes.

"It has been reported as a channel point for the younger children to commit crimes, as well as fall victims to some of the cybercrimes like bullying, rape, murder, kidnapping, etc. The social media has become a source of worry to most parents and must be moderated through a regulatory intervention to avoid fatal problems with the future generation who might be consumed with it", he said.

The professor of science stated that some countries like China, Sri-Lanka, among others, have been compelled to block some of the social media applications in its province to aid concentration in schools. "Blocking some sites in Nigerian schools might be necessitated soon with the way things are going," he mentored.

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