ProInSafe Organization had her launching event on April 25th 2019 in Socrates Hall, Aromaradu, Ilorin Kwara State. The hall was beautifully decorated and arranged.The event was organized with the sole aim to create awareness about the innovative organization which aims to promote credible businesses and cyber security and also to empower the youths in Nigeria. ProInSafe is gradually evolving, it had the event as a seminar to educate people on their aims and objectives and seek their cooperation in order to realize their vision which will foster socio-economic growth of the country. ProInSafe is obviously passionate about creating a sustainable solution/social change necessary to accelerate the economy of the country.
The event commenced at about 3:30 PM, many notable individuals at Ilorin were present at the occasion. Some of these dignitaries include father of the Day-Sheikh Usman Sall’aha (U.S.A) ably represented by Ustaz Dhikrillah Usman (Imam), the chairmam-Prof. Oba AbdulRaheem former VC of University of Ilorin ably represented by Barrister Sarafadeen Ibrahim, guest speaker- Dr AbdulSalam S.A on security issues to Kwara state Governor, guest of honor-Dr Adetunji Rahman (NAPS President, Kwara State), Prof. Lanre Ibrahim ably represented by Hajia Fatimah Ibrahim, guest speaker-Dr Oniye from University of Ilorin, Hajia Hassanat Mustapha from Shari’ah Court of Appeal, Hajia Rabiah Abdulrahman, Zonal Coordinator QAB Ilorin West Zonal Office D, Alhaji Nurudeen (Alabama) one of nollywood superstars, Barrister Aliyu Labaika. Some QAB Staff, school proprietors, principals and staff were also present at the occasion. Some of the youths were as well in attendance.
Mr Bolaji Aladie and Mr Alabi Yusuf (Teejayoflife) anchored the program and ensured to keep the program lively. The ProInSafe Organization Team members played huge role for the success of the program.
At about 4:00 pm, many of the guests had arrived, the anchors warmly welcomed all guests and the program was set to officially begin.
The program commenced with opening prayer by Ustaz Dhikrillah Usman, he wished ProInSafe and her founders success and wished everyone divine blessings. He gave admonition to everyone and encouraged that all humans should strive to be selfless and engage in actions beneficial to people around us. That is living a purposeful and fulfilled life.
After which, the entire ProInSafe team present at the occasion was introduced by the MC, the team members waved to the people for identification, they included; Maryam Abdulrahman, Alabi Yusuf, Rukayyah Abdulrahman, Muritala Musa, Kafayat Salami, Kabeerah Ogunjobi, Abdulrazaq AbdulSalam, AbdulQuadir Abdulrahman & Ramlat Ahmed.
The Executive Director, Miss Rukayyah Abdulrahman was invited to give an overview of ProInSafe. She welcomed all the guests, introduced herself and described the full meaning of ProInSafe. She said,
“ProInSafe is fully known as Promoting Internet Safety. The Organization is created to promote credible businesses, cyber security and to empower the youths to be self reliant and self actualized. This organization is indeed innovative in Nigeria and is dedicated to take all credible businesses to the peak. proInSafe provides concrete ways to promote internet safety. The organization will provide job opportunities, encourage start ups and innovations. ProInSafe will mitigate risks of online business scam. To facilitate our operations, we have incorporated Empowerment Projects to support and mentor youths to initiate start ups, be great leaders, innovate and be self employed. One of our projects is PLACY club fully known as ProInSafe Leadership And Community Youth, where we mentor and impact leadership skills unto secondary school students to help them discover and develop themselves to be more productive. As we all know that Nigeria is potentially a great country because we are endowed with amazing resources, however the country is in misery due to bad leadership and unpleasant attitudes of many people especially our leaders in the country. This program will train the students and prepare them for the present and the future, also the club involves engaging the students in community development services. This indeed will contribute to rapid sustainable community development and National growth while developing the youths to be great leaders”
This gave insight into ProInSafe, its aims, objectives and services. Read the full speech-Introduction to ProInSafe as discussed by Miss Rukayyah on ProInSafe Blog. Rukayyah urged everyone to get registered with ProInSafe because it is a win-win situation. The business owners will experience higher sales in their business and will also support the vision of ProInSafe to promote internet safety. She further revealed that ProInSafe will rapidly achieve it’s goals with support from relevant governmental agencies, investors and sponsors. She ended her presentation by thanking all the people present at the occasion. Everyone appreciated her presentation and she entertained few questions. Questions and answer to these questions are found below.
- Can illiterates register with ProInSafe?
Ans: Definitely yes! ProInSafe in fact focuses more on helping individuals with less experience in ICT, digital marketing and the likes but who desire online presence to promote their businesses and get their business across to larger crowd. Our competent staff and experts are ready to get your business to the limelight as they continue to strategically publicize ProInSafe and carefully verify businesses. All you need do is submit vital information about you and your business for ProInSafe to validate and promote your business.
- What is the benefit of ProInSafe over radio advert?
Ans: The world is going digital, Nigeria is one of the countries that rates very high in internet usage. Both educated and uneducated people are on social media. People have formed the habits of going straight to Google search engine to search for particular products/services even before they ask the person that’s next to them. ProInSafe therefore helps to build a trusted online presence. ProInSafe charges very affordable fee that last forever so far the business is legitimate and you continue to operate the business. Therefore your business is always visible online that is, the advert is continously ongoing. Registration with ProInSafe is highly recommended if you have or desire online presence, the YAS code generated is an identity of your credibility and will make your adverts through other media more effective. Internet is a very fast and effective tool to create awareness about businesses and to get access to potential consumers. Online advert often increases patronages. ProInSafe aims to enable all business owners exploit the medium to grow their businesses.
However, some people abuse these opportunities and they exploit the medium for their selfish use by scamming people. Online consumers now find it hard trusting online businesses that they lose even accurate opportunities. Despite their paranoia, some people still fall victims of scam because business scammers have crafty ways of arousing interests of consumers, by advertising fake great offers, impersonating other businesses etc. With ProInSafe, business owners easily convince consumers of their credibility.
We must understand that ProInSafe sole aim is to regulate the affairs of online businesses in order to promote internet safety, the advertisement service is only a value added service. There is Vconnect too but even this doesn’t serve our purpose, we exist to serve as online business regulatory organization, that provides all legitimate businesses an identify for their credibility and mitigate risks of business scam.
- ProInSafe officially started business operation in 2019, can you tell us how many businesses you have registered?
Ans: We have registered close to 12 businesses within two 6 weeks of establishment.
- How does your adverts get to illiterates?
Ans: Like I said earlier, all we are concerned about is the internet. Both literates and illiterates use one or more social media, therefore these people that are online will get to see the adverts of your business. In addition to that people who get information online often disseminate the information to people around them. This way information can as well be passed across to the very few people who have no online presence.
- How will ProInSafe achieve all its goals?
Ans: We continue to seek for support from governmental agencies, reputable entities and other investors, with adequate funds and infrastructures, competent staff/experts, strong marketing, we will get everyone (online business owners) to cooperate with us by registering to get their YAS codes. We will realize our vision, risks of business scam will be mitigated, only credible businesses will thrive more and digital marketing will be very more effective.
- What are your criteria for legitimate business:
Ans: The business must sell what it claims to sell, the information provided such as personal details and business information must be verifiable and confirmed by a relative/random third party to be true.
- What are your means of advertisement?
Ans: We post your businesses on our social media pages: twitter, instagram, facebook, LinkedIn, Whatsapp etc. We also advertise (we charge differently for this) by placing your business adverts on our website. Our website is quite trusted therefore consumers are more likely to patronize businesses found on our website.
Subsequently, the Chairman, Barrister Sarafadeen Ibrahim gave a welcome address as follow:
“I greet the distinguished guests and everyone present here today. Before I proceed I must introduce myself, I am Barrister Sarafadeen Ibrahim representing Professor Shuaib Oba AbdulRaheem. Prof would have loved to personally atrend this program but could not due to urgent national assignment. On behalf of Prof Shuaib Oba, I want to sincerely aplogize for his absence. I have with me a prepared speech to be presented by the Chairman but I will do that presently. But before I do that, it is pertinent for me to give remarks.
As a lawyer, I know that the present government is doing a lot to arrest cyber crimes and indeed the whole of Nigeria now is suspecting all businesses that have something to do with internet. But I want to assure this august gathering that not all businesses on internet is criminal or illegal, one of these legal online businesses is ProInSafe Organization. I want to tell us that there are a lot of legitimate opportunities on the internet that we must exploit. With ProInSafe we can safely do that.
In fact, I must commend the initiatives of the founders and team of ProInSafe because I know that myself, I have not gotten to the bus stop of learning. In fact, education has been described as progressive discovery of ignorance. We continue to learn as humans. The Prophet (S A W) has said it all that we learn from cradle to grave. Therefore it is not too much for us even as adults to key in into ProInSafe Organization. Once again, I congratulate the ProInSafe team and I want to encourage all of us to be partakers in the project.
Having said that, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this occasion of the Grand Opening of an innovative Nigerian Organization, PROINSAFE. I am particularly thankful to our special guests of honour and everyone who is here today. I would like to express our sincere appreciation to every person who has supported the organization.
I welcome in a special way, all our clients and potential clients. We are here to formally bring to a limelight, the organization which would encourage hardworking Nigerians who are entrepreneurs and protect people from falling victim of business frauds.
ProInSafe is happy to have everyone on ground. It is our utmost hope and belief that everyone here shares the same vision with us as we build a Nigeria where entrepreneurs get appropriate reward for their initiative and consumers safely transact and get the real value of what they pay for.
With the ProInSafe initiated empowerment program, community development will be facilitated, innovations encouraged and youths will be trained to become great leaders .Finally, I want to encourage us to sit back, relax, learn and gain maximally from this launching. Thanks and God bless you!!!”
The Chairman also said that he was amazed by ProInSafe establishment, he commended ProInSafe team’s creativity and diligence. He said ProInSafe is indeed a great and valuable innovation. He assured the ProInSafe team that with their dedication, they would achieve success. The Anchors of the Program continued to welcome newly arrived guests.
After which, Dr AbdulSalam B. Suleiman presented his speech titled Cyber Crime and its Mitigating Measures. Read the educative presentation on ProInSafe Blog. He shared the handouts of his speech to some people at the event. Everyone appreciated this, everyone paid keen attention to the discussion. Upon the end of the discussion, there was a loud applaud filled up the hall.
Next was presentation by PLACY Club (ProInSafe Leadership And Community Youth Club) members. PLACY club is one of the projects of ProInSafe Empowerment Projects (PEP) initiated to support and inspire youths to be self reliant and self actualized; facilitate community development and also address root problems (such as unemployment, poverty, ignorance) of cyber-crimes. The youngsters presented a drama that exhibited the mission of ProInSafe. The youngsters include: AbdulQuadir Labaika (Ag President of PLACY club), Maryam Labaika, Olamide and Aminullahi Aliyu. You may read the recap of the interesting and educative drama here.
At the end of the drama presentation, AbdulQuadir who acted the distributor briefly said;
“ProInSafe exists to promote cyber security, provide job opportunities, promote credible businesses and empower the youths. ProInSafe is indeed tested and trusted! Go to www.proinsafe.com now to register your business to boost your sales and to support our vision to promote cyber security and foster socio-economic development in Nigeria.”
After the drama, Maryam read out a poem titled Youths are the Fruits while AbdulQuadir gave brief explanation on the poem. You can read both on ProInSafe blog.The audience applauded their performance and everyone was obviously delighted with their excellent performance.
After the drama, the second guest speaker, Dr Abdulrazaq Oniye presented his speech on Self Development. He began,
“Permit me to stand on well established protocol, I greet ProInSafe team, the distinguished guests and all the people that are seated here today. .Good evening to everyone. I am invited to discuss self-development. Self development basically helps us to become more aware of our talents, potentials and help to bring to the fore issue of human capital development. This awareness facilitates employability and ensures that we are able to contribute to personal and national development. Self development involves steps taken to discover/identify your talent, strengths and other attributes that will help you to fulfil your purpose in this life because obviously we all are existing to fulfil certain purpose. Many people are unable to progress in life because of their inability to identify their talents, some people are gifted in writing, some have oratory power, when they talk you are mesmerized and amazed.
You must identify various areas you are talented, is it writing, statistics, entrepreneurship, sport, speaking etc. Self development implies you know your talents. Closely related to that is the issue potential, we all do not have the same potentials. That’s why some people thrive in a particular field of endeavors and others do not….”
To read the full inspirational speech on self development, go to ProInSafe Blog. Finally he thanked everyone and had his seat. Everyone was so excited that they promptly applauded him. It was obvious that everyone got enlightened by the lectures presented by both guests, while the lectures were ongoing, people apparently paid attention, locked their eyes on the lecturers, nodded, smiled, laughed at amusing words and most importantly people were seen jotting down.
Right before the commencement of lectures, office notes, pens, bottle water, soft drinks, juice and snacks were shared to people to keep them entertained. People were seen jotting down on the office notes.
ProInSafe team together with some of the guests, Dr Adetunji, Ustaz Dhikrillah, Dr Oniye, Hajia Mustapha, Hajia Rabiah, Mr Moshood, Alhaji Nurudeen (Alabama) and Hajia Funmilayo Zubair cut the ProInSafe cake to mark the celebration.
Afterwards, Kafayat Salami spoke briefly on business development. She talked about branding techniques and other vital strategies relevant for people to grow their businesses. She encouraged people to visit ProInSafe website to learn more about effective ways to develop their businesses. Read more on her presentation on ProInSafe Blog
The good will message and vote of thanks were presented by Dr Adetunji Rahman (NAPs President) and Mr Bolaji Umar (Quality Assurance Bureau) respectively.
Dr Adetunji said,
“I want thank everyone for their presence and support, we wish everyone a safe journey back to their various destinations. Indeed, Nigeria will rapidly develop if many more youths take innovative steps like ProInSafe Organization team. Thank you all and God bless you.”
Mr Bolaji said,
“We give thanks to Almighty Allah for the ProInSafe team who have initiated this Internet safety organization and present program. I wish them long life, progress, success and good health in all their endeavours.”
The entire ProInSafe team is heartily grateful to everyone who was supportive of the organization. Sincere gratitude especially goes to the Father of the Universe-Sheikh Sall’aha Usman (U.S.A) for his matchless fatherhood and divine mentorship. Dr Rahman Adetunji is a selfless human whose support is also deeply appreciated. The chairman-Prof. Shuiab Oba Abdulraheem, Quality Assurance Bureau Ilorin west zone are all appreciated as well..
Towards the end of the program, the Executive Director of ProInSafe, Rukayyah Abdulrahman was interviewed. Full interview is on ProInSafe Blog.