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FG harmonizes national biometric database

The Federal Government says it is harmonizing the nation’s biometric data and digital assets to enhance internal security and safety of Nigerians.

This informed the Maiden Digital Awareness Conference organized by the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association, NITRA, Abuja.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami stated in a message to the Maiden Conference of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association, NITRA Abuja Chapter.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami represented by the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, Professor Pantami said the Federal Government was harmonizing an ensemble of reliable data to boost national security while efforts are on to track offenders through adequate data.

Professor Pantami said the digital communications sector in Nigeria was being harnessed to enhance crime prevention and investigation.

The Managing Director of the Galaxy Backbone Nigeria, Professor Muhammed Abubakar represented by the Executive Director Finance, Malam Umar Ahmed in a paper said the body was poised in providing the necessary infrastructure and apparatus in enhancing data services and operations in the country.

Professor Abubakar commended the media for its support and called for the cooperation of Nigerians in enhancing national security.

The President of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association, Abuja, Mr Blessing Olaifa said the conference was held for the media to contribute its quota to the national discourse on the challenge of internal security.

Mr Olaifa said the NITRA as critical stakeholders in the nation’s digital information and communication sector was ready to support the public and private sector in tackling insecurity.

Our Correspondent reports that the theme “Digitization as an enabler in tackling Insecurity in Nigeria” x rayed areas of endeavor in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; editing by Adeniyi Bakare