NCS: deploy CCTV to tackle insecurity

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The President of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), Prof. David Adewumi, has urged the Federal Government to invest massively on the installation of Close Circuit Television, CCTV, in strategic places across the nation to address security challenges.

Speaking during the 25th annual national conference of the computer body at the Nike Lake Resort Centre, Enugu, he said a simple technology such as CCTV would go a long in helping to checkmate the activities of insurgents that have taken guns against the country

The theme of this year’s conference is Building a Knowledge Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of Information Technology.

According to him, if CCTV was deployed across the country, it would deter would-be criminals terrorizing the nation, adding that the place of biometrics in security should also not be ignored.

The NCS President also said that the urgent thing government must do is establish a national biometric database programme to tackle insecurity in the country.

"Appropriate use of ICT tools will effectively tackle insecurity across the nation. As a way forward, there is need for the government 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.

"ICT devices including surveillance cameras, Social Network analysis, Biometry surveillance Data mining, Satellite Imagery, and IP devices should be deployed professionally to checkmate insecurity in the country," he explained.

"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 the West.”

According to him, NCS recommends the immediate and appropriate use of ICT tools to tackle the insecurity in the land.

In his contribution, immediate past President of NCS, Sir, Demola Aladekomo said that security is vital to the success of digital economy.

"We cannot be clamouring for digital when the security situation in the country is porous. Therefore it is critical for Nigeria as a nation to put appropriate security measures to secure the country's sovereignty," Demola said.

According to him, to attain a knowledge-based economy, IT illiteracy and infrastructural challenges must be resolved.

For the President of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, Alhaja Sekinat Yusuf, "We cannot have digital economy without adequate security measures."

To her, adequate security measures will leverage on education and sensitization of the populace about how best to tackle insecurity ravaging the country.


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