Create, Don’t Seek Jobs, Expert Urges Political Science Students
A Cyberspace expert, Mr. Olutoyin Oloniteru, has admonished students of Political Science and International Relations at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, on the imperative of graduating to be entrepreneurs rather than joining the army of job seekers in the society, as there are opportunities for them to latch on in the political space.
Mr. Oloniteru, the Chief Executive Officer of Spindlar Cyber Law Centre, who was Guest Speaker at the first Town and Gown seminar of the Political Science and International Relations Department, where he presented a paper on the topic, ‘New Political Communications and Cyber espionage in Nigeria and International Arena’, said students can pursue a career in Political Consulting, Public Affairs, Political Journalism and Political Advertising among others.
Speaking to the topic at the event, which has in attendance the Head of Department, Dr. Oluyomi Fayomi, faculty members, staff and students from various Departments in the College of Leadership Development Studies, the Guest Lecturer said Nigeria would not be having certain challenges currently bedeviling it if students understand why they go to school. Many of them, he averred, believe they go to school in order to get a job but real life situation calls for more than writing examinations and getting good grades.
Political communication, he said, is an interactive process concerning transfer of information among political leaders and the news media, while Cyber espionage is the use of computer networks to gain illicit access to confidential information, typically that held by a government or other organisation.
“The advent of Internet and advancement in Cyberspace have impacted greatly on the way we do things around the world, for example, campaigning and voting during election, how political parties are organized, news and journalism among others,” he said,
New political communications, Oloniteru explained, has three main entities, which are People, Political Parties and the Media. The trio, according to him, operates together and has revolutionised the cyberspace. “The relationship between the entities deals in more scientific manner. Your identity becomes known to billions of people through big data,” he said.
Political Science, said the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholar, is no longer what it used to be as the age of cyberspace has changed everything about it, citing the case of the former United States Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, who was alleged to have used her private e-mail to transact government business. Also, he gave example of the alleged budget padding incident involving the National Assembly in Nigeria.
He encouraged the students to begin to think on how they can make Nigeria to function effectively, particularly on the issue of the country’s electoral laws so as to guarantee genuinely free and fair elections. People, he argued, are bent on maintaining the status quo whereby there is underage voting, ballot stuffing and poll rigging generally, because they want to win at all cost and gain access to the national treasury. He said amid the chaos, there are opportunities for graduates of Political Science to change the game.
On Cyber espionage, he said that hacking into the All Progressives Congress’ database and that of the National Democratic Convention in the United States should tell the students that political communication is very important to social media. Digital, online and cyber communication are entities pivotal in the new political communication process, he added.
Oloniteru enjoined students to study e-voting law, attend graduate school in other disciplines like coding and have knowledge about the Nigerian cybercrime because they have a new political communication duty to do.
Speaking during the question and comments session, a faculty member, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, who said the Guest Speaker had allowed the audience to have a broader world view on how tackle problems of Nigeria and the world, said he hopes that in 30 years’ time Nigeria will be a big player in cyber technology, as what is currently ground suggests otherwise. The world, he averred, always acknowledge that Nigeria has great potentials, but said the world’s attention is on the country because they don’t want her to go beyond the potentials.
The Head of Department, Dr. Oluyemi Fayomi, in her remarks, expressed gratitude to the Guest Speaker for being able to grace the occasion. “I thank God he is here to make his contribution to the advancement of knowledge ahead of what the students will experience after graduation. The Town and Gown was initiated to have collaboration between the Town, which symbolizes the Industry, and the Academia,” she said.