The Nigerian Army has been urged to embrace and adopt 21st century military infrastructures and technology in enhancing National Security.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi made this call on Tuesday when he received the Chief of Defence Communications of the Nigerian Army, Major General Elvis Njoku and his team in Abuja.
Major General Elvis Njoku noted that the collaboration became necessary to strengthen military operations.
Mallam Abdullahi said that the collaboration is necessary in addressing the current insecurity challenge faced by the country.
He asserted that it was important for the Nigerian Army to measure up with the global modernized military infrastructures which would help them in achieving their mandate.
The Director General said NITDA was established to implement National IT Policy but the Federal Government has recently replaced the policy with the National Digital Economic Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
Mallam Abdullahi said that apart from the good relationship and collaborations, the Agency has with the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force and other paramilitary agencies in areas of capacity building and cyber security.
The Director General explained that combating national insecurity challenge was a collective responsibility and assured the Major General of the Agency’s support in coming up with solutions, exploring technology to detect improvised explosive devices and exploiting all resources such as use of drones, artificial intelligence and robotics in ensuring optimal national security.
The Chief of Defence Communications, Major General Elvis Njoku earlier expressed his gratitude at the warm welcome received by the Agency despite the short notice.
He said that the new Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor mandated him to visit all Communications and IT related Government established institutions, collaborate with them with the purpose of tackling the contemporary security challenges.
Major General Elvis Njoku maintained that collaboration with NITDA would help them in achieving their mandate.