The Minister of communication and digital economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami has reiterated the need to explore new ways of integrating data and digital technologies to tackle insecurity in a bid to complement the efforts of law enforcement agencies in the country.
Adding that, integrating digital technologies in emergency management would immensely proffer significant opportunities for innovation to tackle insecurity
The minister made this known on Monday to newsmen in Abuja during the maiden annual conference of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), Abuja Chapter.
Tagged “Digitization, as an enabler to tackling insecurity in Nigeria”, the conference was aimed at spotlighting the crucial role technology can play in the fight against terrorism and banditry bedeviling the country.
Pantami added that, the state of insecurity in Nigeria today can be attributed to some factors that have been left unchecked of which digitization is foundational, as it connects the physical world and digital world.
“To tackle insecurity effectively, utilizing digital technologies that leverage data is imperative. Some of technologies like autonomous drones that cuts back on human involvement in these often-dangerous situations can immensely help cut costs while bolstering safety at the same time can be deployed to ensure security
“Using AI to interpret satellite images, experts have long been able to tap into satellite images to help their preventative and response efforts. Now, with the availability and quality of these images increasing, they offer an even more valuable resource for security.
“Most technologies today are increasingly mobile, highly integrated, and inherently flexible. From social networking sites to geospatial imaging, society today can take advantage of emerging tools to address critical security needs, he emphasized.
Pantami maintained that, social networking platforms can be legally monitored, as people are constantly connected to the Web and actively creating and sharing content on their own.
This would allow security agencies to check familiar social networking platforms for information and share news and strategies for community security.
“It is quite clear that digital technology has a great role to play in national security in Nigeria. The growing importance of technology presents new opportunities to benefit society and brings challenges to the approach and methodology of securing that society from insecurities”.
While noting that the ministry is ever ready to support our law enforcement agencies with all the technology required to boost their efforts towards tackling insecurity in Nigeria, he revealed that they are fostering the development of emerging technologies in preparing Nigeria for the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a veritable tool in combating national insecurity.
Meanwhile, Director General NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa said that while digital platforms are a great way to stay connected, we should also be cautious about the level of safety it offers.
“We have experienced an alarming increase in the use of digital communications channels by people and organisations globally, and this has given rise to increased cybercrime, as well as several security and privacy concerns.
He however called on users of digital technologies to be careful with their personal details by not giving them out on sites that are created by scammers, as it could aid cybercriminals in stealing your identity and having access to your finances or carrying out fraudulent acts in the country.