FG need to utilize new technology to combat terrorism – Pantami

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami has said that in order to have a fighting chance in the war on terror, Federal government need to stay one step ahead and keep developing new-improved strategies, utilize new technology, adopt a collective approach which includes timely sharing of information and true collaboration.

Speaking at the Leadership in Counter Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism Course 2 Lecture of the Nigerian Army Resource Center (NARC) in Abuja on Tuesday. He said terrorists are proving more and more skillful at using sophisticated technology to organize and cause destruction while Nigeria faces its own share of this global trend that divides communities, aggravates conflicts, and destabilizes entire regions.

“It is evident that terrorists are exploiting social media, encrypted communications and the dark web to spread propaganda, recruit new followers and coordinate attacks. This rapidly evolving phenomenon requires the use of innovative approaches to both “counter” and “prevent” terrorism and extremism, with the development of new and emerging technologies.

“The Law enforcement authorities are presented with a huge variety of technologies to stay ahead of threats. With the protection of life and property as one of the primary roles of government, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has identified ‘Providing Security for all citizens’ as one of its priorities. He said achievements in the fight against terrorism in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is a clear indication of the government’s effective strive towards curtailing the endemic insurgency in the region.

“And other ongoing initiatives such as this training program is an indication of the government’s commitment to a long term strategy to prevent and counter all terrorist activities.

Terrorism is a broad problem and with the boom in social media, a platform is available to terrorists. He stated that as an outcome to the implementation of the Development regulation pillar, directives have been given for the strict compliance to SIM card registration regulations, this will address the threats posed by unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards operating in the country. “Furthermore, other initiatives under the soft infrastructure pillar are addressing the issues of cyber security and ensuring incident management and response readiness to physical and cyber threats.

While the Digital Society & Emerging technology pillar is focused on providing the enabling environment for the development and adoption of new and emerging technologies”, he said.

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