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Nigerian, Russian firms to deploy tech in fight against graft, terrorists

By Adeyemi Adepetun
19 January 2022   |   2:43 am
A Nigerian solutions and innovations company, iStrategic Transparent Solutions Ltd, has signed a working agreement with a major exporter of Russian technology, Russian Software Trade House

A Nigerian solutions and innovations company, iStrategic Transparent Solutions Ltd, has signed a working agreement with a major exporter of Russian technology, Russian Software Trade House (RSTH) for the collaborative deployment of security and crime-bursting solutions.
  
The two companies are to work in developing computer software in the areas of safety, security, cybercrime and other allied services for use by the public and private institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries.

  
This was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on behalf of the two companies by the Chief Executive Officer of iStrategic Solutions, Habibu Adamu Aliyu, and president of RSTH, Pavel Maximenko.
  
The technologies to be developed by the two entities, according to the memorandum of understanding signed recently, will focus on the “sole purpose of protecting, preventing and deterring the activities of criminals, insurgents and bandits.”
 
The innovative solutions, they said, will also help in “the provision of a platform for ease of governance and delivery of government services to the people of Nigeria, the West Africa region and beyond.” Other areas to be addressed by the solution-based technology infrastructure would include detection of corruption, financial crime, money laundering, fraud, illicit financial flows and other financial crimes, digitisation of government services, provision of security equipment, intelligence gathering, provision of central database for policy, training and others.
  
RSTH’s portfolio of partners includes Kaspersky Lab, MyOffice, eXpress, AstraLinux, ALTLinux, Infowatwatch and Security Code.
   
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the President of Independence Digital said, “Russia, considers it its duty to spread the achievements of the Soviet school of mathematics and by extension Russian IT solutions, to countries with which it has historically had and still has a friendly relationship with.”
  
Aliyu said some experienced former law enforcement operatives and seasoned lawyers with strong backgrounds and vast experience in complex Financial Crimes Investigations, Financial Intelligence Analysis and Forensic Accounting founded the firm.
 
 
Aliyu appreciated the role played by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia under the leadership of Ambassador (Prof) Abdullahi Shehu and the staff of the Economic Affairs Department in his firm’s interaction with its Russian partner, 
   
He also thanked the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for the warm reception given to the RSH team and for acquainting the delegation with the high potentialities of Nigeria’s IT industry.