The Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), in collaboration with National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday 30 November 2022 in Abuja displayed some security gadgets developed locally to enhance the operational efficiency of troops in the fight against insecurity.
The equipment were displayed by various agencies at the conclusion of the 3-Day seminar on Inter-Agency Collaboration and Utilisation of Technology for National Security in Nigeria. Some of the items displayed included drones, trackers, communication gadgets, vehicles, guns, and other security gadgets.
The Director General (DG) (NARC), hailed the military for the feat, adding that the development of more indigenous technologies would tackle the security challenges in Nigeria. He emphasised the need for inter-agency cooperation in the manufacturing of military equipment in the country.
“Participation of other agencies is good, a lot of activities are going on and people are not aware of what we have and what is available.
We need to start looking within and not to always go out for everything, when we start embracing these indigenous technologies, it will go a long way in solving our security challenges,’’ he said.
In his remark, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya who was represented by the Chief of Transformation and Innovation (Army), Major General Charles Ofoche, commended the collaboration for the production of locally made security gadgets to fight insurgency and other crimes.
He also said that every country that attained high level of production of indigenous technologies started small. “We are very impressed, this is a good way to start and very soon we will be doing more of these, 100 percent. We are doing this to build a strong Nigeria and we must embrace this to curb all forms of crimes,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Mr Abdulwasiu Sulaiman, Chief Executive Officer, Hastearmor Technologies, commended the military, police and other security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against insecurity. Sulaiman said that local partnership among security and related organisations would go a long way in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
“The military and Police and other security agencies have done well and are still doing well. Our solution and contributions will enhance the operational efficiency of the security agencies, especially the military, Department of State Services, and Police. He said that the company’s contribution would be in the area of boosting intelligence and internal security.