NITDA, Army Partner to Achieve Cutting-edge Technologies for National Security
TECH DIGEST- In order to combat insurgency activity and other security concerns in the nation, the Nigerian Army has worked with the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
On Monday in Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, said the country was going through one of its most difficult periods in history. He was speaking at the seminar’s opening ceremony.
The seminar, according to Yahaya, who was represented by Maj. Gen. Charles Ofoche, Chief of Transformation and Innovation, was designed to increase attendees’ understanding. He emphasized the importance of interagency cooperation and the application of technology to national security issues. In light of the numerous, intricate security difficulties that plague Nigeria, he claimed that the nation was experiencing insecurity problems.
Additionally, he said that acts of terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, and insurrection by the BHT, ISWAP, IPOB, ESN, and other terrorist organizations were prevalent in the security situation. The activities, he continued, had consistently presented serious risks to the nation’s security and unity. He asserts that it is impossible to address the complexity of these threats without utilizing the capabilities of our security agencies.
However, he said that both the federal government and several state governments had embraced a range of policy alternatives to solve the security issues.
“The emphasis has been more on kinetic approach. However, there is a huge requirement for non-kinetic efforts which include use of technology and whole of government and society approaches.
“There is this a compelling requirement to explore the utilization of modern technology and leverage more on inter-agency collaboration towards addressing these challenges,” he said.
The head of the Army advised security commanders at all levels to make conscious efforts to encourage effective cooperation and coordination by their staff during operations. He claimed that without instruction in inter-agency cooperation, this could not be accomplished. He emphasized the requirement that security agencies adhere to human rights legislation and constitutional obligations when carrying out operations.
The seminar’s main goal, according to Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab (ret.), Director General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), was to bring together security agencies and other stakeholders to discuss strategies to combat insecurity. Technology use should be taught, according to Wahab, who also added that because the Army has been using it, there was no need to avoid it.
In order for us to have a stronger platform and mindset for combating insecurity, he said, other security organizations needed to employ technology in information collecting. Dr. Collins Agwu, the NITDA’s Director of Research and Development, claimed that insecurity in Nigeria was a challenge for all, adding that every effort must be put in place to curb the menace.
Agwu claimed that despite significant investments made in the security sector, the government had been unable to resolve the issue that had been threatening the country’s well-being for a considerable amount of time.
“The growing challenge of insecurity in Nigeria was a concern to all and every effort must be made to curb the challenge.
“Moden Technology has been introduced and we believe this will go a long way to avert this menace.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), NITD and the Nigerian Army Resource Center collaborated to organize the session.