Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has challenged the federal government to deploy the technology to win the war on terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of insecurity.
He said this in a keynote address at the inauguration of the Northeast Zone Office of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion on Monday at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
The governor, who was represented by Education Commissioner Aliyu Tilde, said Nigeria faces a technological challenge on two fronts – internal and external.
He said: “Today very few of us across the country do not sleep with our eyes closed because we are afraid of kidnappings, we are afraid of banditry. The kidnapping is taking place just because of available technology, nothing else. Remove this technology and removal will be impossible. And this is GSM.
“Without contact with the family of the kidnapped victims, there will be no kidnapping, it will be an unsuccessful exercise. We have said it time and time again, and I think our governors in the northwest have finally accepted this reality.
“Let me challenge you engineers and my younger brother who is up there as Minister (of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami), can’t we find a way around this problem of immobilization or neutralization of the use of GSM in the fight against crime?
“How can we speed up the search and identification of a criminal when he commits a crime with mobile phones? Once you can do that, it’s over. We will go to bed and enjoy our sleep. This is only an internal challenge and there are many like it.
Governor Mohammed, who also launched another internal challenge, said that unless universities around the world, especially in Nigeria, embrace and invest in technology and embark on online learning. line, many of them will close.
The governor, however, commended NOTAP for doing a good job in ensuring the acquisition and promotion of technology in the country, saying this function is vital for the technological development of the country.
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