The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has described the need to deploy integrated digital technology as crucial to combat the rising rate of insecurity in Nigeria.
Pantami said this in his keynote address at the first annual conference of the Nigeria Information Technology Journalists Association (NITRA) on Monday in Abuja.
He said modern intelligence gathering devices should be acquired and deployed to law enforcement agencies to adequately respond to insecurity issues.
He noted that technologies such as autonomous drones, satellites, artificial intelligence, video surveillance, among others, are important to complement law enforcement efforts to combat insecurity in the country.
Represented by the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Minister said that to effectively combat insecurity, it is imperative to use digital technologies who use the data.
He said: “To complement the efforts of our law enforcement agencies, the need to explore new ways to combat insecurity through the effective use of data and digital technologies is crucial.”
“It is abundantly clear that digital technology has a big role to play in national security in Nigeria.
“The growing importance of technology presents new opportunities for the benefit of society and poses challenges to the approach and methodology aimed at protecting this society from insecurities,” he said.
He said, “The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and its parastatals are always ready to support our law enforcement agencies with all the necessary technology to enhance their efforts to combat insecurity in Nigeria.
“Similarly, the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), an affiliate of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is fostering the development of emerging technologies by preparing Nigeria for the fourth industrial revolution with R&D in technologies like drones, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), among others, as a real tool in the fight against national insecurity.
Earlier, NITDA DG Dr. Abdullahi speaking on personal safety advised Nigerians not to spread their personal details carelessly on communication platforms.
Represented by Eng. NITDA boss Ahmed Yahuza said such information could also physically lead criminals if they see them as suitable targets.