Vanguard (Lagos)

4 June 2014

Nigeria: Insecurity - 'FG Should Think National Biometric Database Now'

The Information and Communications Technology, ICT, sector recently came under heavy criticism from the senate over alleged inability to use technology to solve the insecurity ravaging the country.

But in apparent reaction, the Nigerian Computer Society, NCS, has advised the government on what it takes to waken ICT into solving the insecurity issue. From all indications, NCS seemed to be throwing the blame back to the door post of government, saying that ICT can only do its job if it is rightly deployed.

From the NCS point of view, the first thing to do is for government to urgently establish a national biometric database programme to tackle insecurity in the country.

President of the society, Prof. David Adewumi said that appropriate use of ICT tools will effectively tackle insecurity across the nation.

He said there was need to address and extract functional utility from the present databases maintained by Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Police, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Banks among others.

According to him, other ICT devices including surveillance cameras, Social Network analysis, Biometry surveillance Data mining, Satellite Imagery, IP devices should be deployed professionally to checkmate insecurity in the country.

Assuring that NCS was ready and willing to partner with the Federal Government to actualize this, he said that the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls was barbaric, uncivilized and against all norms of humanity.

"If the reason for abduction of these girls by Boko Haram is their hatred for western education, one wonders why they use the products of western education such as internet, video and other gadgets to terrorise the whole country. Such callous actions should be condemned by all without reservation.

NCS stands with all well meaning individuals and organisations to condemn this gross violation of human rights.

"In this regard we consider as apt the Government's stand to negotiate with the devilish sect to safely reunite the girls with their families. However, we do not support the swapping of the girls with Boko Haram prisoners. Our girls are not criminals.What would Boko Haram use as replacement for innocent souls they have killed by their murderous action?

"The sophistication of the Boko Haram operations suggests the outfit benefits from the collaboration of experienced international terrorist group making their operation transcend normal military combative approach.

"With the highest professional regards, Nigeria Computer Society therefore recommends the immediate and appropriate use of ICT tools to tackle the insecurity in the land" he explained.

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