By Joyce Bedeley:
Alistair Djimatey, Public Affairs Manager of the Blueskies Foundation has called on Ghanaian authorities to tap into the internet expertise of Sakawa boys in order to bring its positive contributions rather than society ostracizing them. According to him, the fact that young people are actively engaged in this sort of venture indicates that they are endowed with some intelligence.
‘If our young people can engage in sakawa business which is basically duping people through the internet then that means they have some level of intelligence and I’m saying that we can get these boys into positively using their intelligence instead of the evil that they are engaged in. This I believe would enhance their lives better than what they are currently doing.
Mr. Djimatey who was speaking in an interview with Rite news on the sidelines of the Young People in Agribusiness forum at Amasaman on Wednesday further explained that the activities of these sakawa boys boil down to the ingenuity of the Ghanaian which should be used for positive purposes.
‘We have a lot of natural talents and I think that instead of leaving our young people to engage in sakawa, that knowledge and intelligence can be directed into something more beneficial to develop this country than going to dupe people and collecting their money,’ he argued.
Responding to this call, an internet expert, Rev Finney Blay observed that tapping into the knowledge of the ‘fraud boys’ to be used positively will be a laudable idea. He however added that even before this idea can go be exploited, government needs to bring together the sakawa boys and change their mentality from their fraudulent activities.
He also called on the Ministry Of Communications to set rules and guidelines regarding internet use in this country since the internet is noted for all forms of fraud.
‘The world is now moving towards an ICT direction and so tapping into the knowledge of internet fraudsters will offer them a lot of opportunities such as designing advertisement for all forms of products.
He concluded that, for all these to work, there’s a need for the ministry to change their mentality from the fraudulent activities since that is also fetching them money.