Federal Government is set to deploy appropriate technologies to help surmount the security challenges confronting Nigeria, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has said.
He disclosed this at the presentation of grants for journals and publications to the Nigerian Academies of Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Letters and Education at his ministry’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
Onu said appropriate technologies would be deployed in the area of intelligence gathering, monitoring of suspects and development of platforms to effectively fight insecurity in Nigeria.
The minister said the challenge of insecurity had negatively impacted the socio-economic development of Nigeria, adding that farms and school activities had been grounded in some parts of the country.
He was quoted in a statement issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, AbdulGaniyu Aminu, as saying, “Without security, Nigeria cannot achieve meaningful and sustainable development.
Onu said that the ministry, through the National Space Research Development Agency, was working to use space technology in intelligence gathering and other sensitive aspects of national security.
He urged the five major academies in the country, including science, engineering, social sciences, letters and education to work in harmony for the overall interest of Nigeria.
The President, Nigerian Academy of Science, Mosto Onuoha, said the grants given would go a long way in boosting the activities of the academies.