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NITDA Calls for Partnership to Boost Security Sector Using AI

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NITDA Calls for Partnership to Boost Security Sector Using AI

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

In a bid to bolster Nigeria’s security apparatus, Kashifu Inuwa, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has emphasized the transformative potential of collaboration between the security industry and the startup ecosystem.

Speaking during a meeting with the Commandant of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), represented by Deputy Commandant D. E Egbeji, Inuwa noted the importance of leveraging emerging technologies to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the security sector.

“The way you do things in Security is different from the way we do things in the Information Technology (IT) sector but if we can work together, we can make things better by utilitising the numerous opportunities that IT offers leverage AI, IoT and Emerging technologies in strengthening the security sector,” said Inuwa.

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Addressing misconceptions surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI), Inuwa highlighted its role as a global driving force, capable of simplifying tasks, providing quick answers, and offering innovative solutions.

He categorized AI into three types based on capability, emphasizing its potential to revolutionize security operations.

Expanding on AI functionality, Inuwa delineated four categories, showcasing the evolution of AI capabilities and its relevance to the security domain.

He also outlined NITDA’s initiatives, including the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) and the development of the National Artificial Intelligence Policy, aimed at fostering AI growth in Nigeria.

Expressing openness to strategic collaboration, Inuwa reiterated NITDA’s commitment to forging synergistic relationships aligned with its Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0). He emphasized that such partnerships would amplify Nigeria’s digital initiatives and global presence.

In response, Commandant NISS Alhaji A.S Adeleke expressed the institute’s eagerness to learn from NITDA’s experience, seeking insights to inform an executive brief for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

This brief aims to contribute to policy formulation and implementation, underscoring the significance of NITDA’s role in shaping Nigeria’s technological landscape.

Dr. Aristotle Onumo, the Director of Corporate Planning and Strategy at NITDA, provided a historical perspective on the agency’s journey, drawing attention to its pivotal role in driving innovation and technological advancement in Nigeria.

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