Mr Sagir receiving certificate of international recognition
Mr Sagir receiving certificate of international recognition

Lecturer Trains Students, Security Operatives on Drone Operation

TECHDIGEST – No fewer than 151 students, staff and security operatives of the Gombe State University, GSU, have received a capacity-building training on autonomous and intelligent drones’ operations.

This was during a series of workshop and training exercise held from 22nd to 27th of November, 2021.

Participants of students during the Training workshop
Participants of students during the Training workshop

The training was geared towards boosting security via drones’ operation, this newspaper learnt.

The training program was organized by a lecturer at the Gombe State varsity, Mr. Sagir Yusuf Muhammad.

Sagir, a recipient of the Nigerian Communications Commissions’ (NCC) 2020 academic institutions’ research grants, and a robotics expert, said the workshop was geared towards staging a robotics research center, as well as creating awareness for the general public on how to apply drones.

He said: “This initiative is a step towards establishing a robotics research center and awareness for the general public on how to apply drones in various activities such as civil surveillance, farming, photography, and research.

“This will, in turn, create jobs and support the digital economy policy of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the able leadership of Professor Isa Ali Pantami.”

As part of the initiative is to create awareness on the usage of drones and their importance, Sagir said a webinar series will hold on 4, 11, and 18 December 2021, with physical practical drones operation at Gombe State University, between 20th and 21st of December 2021, from 9 am to 10:30 am (joining link: https://bit.ly/3o3hz4H).

He however, noted that the training will be extended to the Nigerian Police, the Military, and other Paramilitary institutions in order to boost their capacity in tackling current security challenges in the country.

Mr. Sagir hails from Gombe state and obtained his bachelor degree in computer science from Gombe State University with first-class honours, emerging as the ‘Best Graduating Student’ of his set.

He then proceeded to the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, for a direct Ph.D. programme (without a master’s degree).

The 27-year-old have lectured at the University of Birmingham, UK, and served as a research assistant and programmer at the University College London and De Montfort University Leicester.

He received both national and international awards such as the best graduating student awards; best postgraduate research image award of 2019 at the University of Birmingham, UK; best paper and presentations awards of international conferences, national and international research grants awards, and the prestigious Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) doctoral consortium sponsorship, among others.

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