Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Pantami, has explained why the enrolment of National Identity Number witnessed resistance, adding that it is one answer to curbing security challenges in the country.
Pantami said without profiling, no Nation would be secured, adding that no one can work in any country without National Identification Number.
The Minister made this disclosure in Gombe in a lecture themed, ‘Deployment of emerging technology to enhance the security tertiary institutions in Nigeria’, which marking the 6-35th combined convocation ceremony (1991/1992 – 2020/2021), of 29 set of graduands in the Federal College of Education (Technical).
He also revealed that the country would establish 37 emergency communications centre by 2022 owing to the importance in combating security issues.
Pantami noted that if his policies are fully implemented by relevant agencies, tertiary institutions would be safe, stating that he would not disclose the processes in order not to sabotage the various security interventions.
He also identified artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, cyber security as examples of emerging technologies globally.
According to the Minister, the main responsibility of leaders at all levels is the security and welfare of their citizens and students.
He added, “The topic is very apt because in today’s Nigeria, we are confronted with so many security challenges. The more one challenge is been addressed, another challenge will emerge.
“It is necessary for us to be proactive to be ahead of criminals. We must be proactive to ensure we are ahead of them. Another dimension has been added to global insecurity today, the addition of cyber criminality.”
Also speaking, Isa Salami Governing board Chairman of FCE(T), said the topic is relevant following the impact of insecurity across the country.
On his part, Provost of the institution, Ali Adamu, urged the Minister to make the presentation available to the school, likewise other Nigerian tertiary institutions.