The senate has announced that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has established a centre that will deploy artificial intelligence and robots to fight crime in Nigeria.
Adelere Oriolowo, the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications, made the disclosure while presenting a report titled “The spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria” at plenary on Wednesday, July 14.
Oriowo said the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration exercise initiated by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to make the provision of the National Identity Number (NIN) mandatory has reduced kidnappers’ use of phones in negotiations considerably.
Moreover, he claimed that the earlier successes of the SIM registration were compromised by the numerous agents recruited by the communications companies to register SIM owners across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria.
According to him, this led the ministry to get the Presidency to approve the suspension of SIM card sales and the merger of SIMS to the NINs of their respective owners. Moreover, the Joint Committee also found that there are other programs and projects implemented by the Ministry and its agencies to support security agencies in fighting crime.
According to the Minister, the goal is to have at least one Emergency Communication Centre in every State in the Federation by the first quarter of 2022. Emergency Communication Centres are supposed to serve as multipurpose emergency response centers and platforms for Nigerians to reach out to and connect with relevant institutions such as the Fire Service, National Emergency Management Authority, Police, and other security agencies. "These emergency lines are toll-free and have been highly reported in the media across the country, including their usefulness during the COVID-19 lockdown."