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Experts crave deployment of local technologies to tackle insecurity

By Segun Olaniyi, Abuja
24 December 2020   |   2:51 am
Experts have urged federal and state governments to deploy locally developed technologies to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

Prof Mohammed Haruna

Experts have urged federal and state governments to deploy locally developed technologies to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

They gave the advice at a zonal security summit organised by the Coalition of Youths in Nasarawa West for Socio-Political Development yesterday in Keffi. The theme was “The Role of Youths in Peace Building, Good Governance and Sustainable Development.”

Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammed Haruna, said it was time for indigenous communication technologies to be deployed to secure the life and property of the peasant farmers, urban dwellers, travellers, and even foreigners in the land.

“Any foreign technology being deployed must be appropriately domesticated to rule out international conspiracy. For Nigeria to bring the issue of insecurity under control, it is compulsory to deploy local solutions, locally developed technologies, homegrown information and communication technologies to all states of the federation, especially in the rural areas.

“Farmers, herders, traders’ shuttling between villages should have no fear of kidnappers or banditry, they should be free to go about their normal businesses. Accordingly, there is the challenge to redeem, modify, and change policies and institutional means of dealing with security concerns arising in the country.”

The NASENI boss who commended the Nasarawa youths for coming up with the event, queried: “Why can’t our Information Communication Technology (ICT) institutions, skills, and strategy guarantee the nations internal security?

“Don’t we have adequate surveillance equipment and technology infrastructure to locate kidnappers, trail, track and counter bandits, and Boko Haram convoys? Can’t we achieve this with the advancement in mobile communications precision and accurate mapping of geospatial science and technology such as satellite, remote sensing, geographic information system and global navigational satellite systems?”

In his welcome address, the Chief Host and Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Nasarawa State, Uthman Bala Adams, said: “When there is insecurity, no meaningful development will take place. There must be a secured environment for development to take place.”

In his presentation titled “Finding Solution to Insecurity in Nigeria Today For Peace Building and Sustainable Development”, Dr. Umar Shehu Usuman, of Department of Sociology, Nigeria Police Academy, said there was need to find lasting solutions to insecurity so that Nigeria would find peace and meaningful development.

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