Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Honourable Minister for Interior

Insecurity: Nigeria activates app to combat kidnappings, banditry, others

*The Federal Government says it is committed to its policy of deploying huge resources, both human and material, while making security of lives, property of Nigerians a priority

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a move to combat the increasing spate of crimes and criminality in line with the Digital Economy in the West African country, the Federal Government has launched the “Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alerts System” (N-Alerts) mobile App.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Kania Maliki, Acting Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Abuja, FCT.

Maliki stated Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Honourable Minister for Interior, inaugurated the app at the  Headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in the FCT.

The Ministry’s Spokesman, however, noted that the good news is the Federal Government of Nigeria is winning the war against the enemies of the country, hence the need for the app to further tackle the menace headlong.

The Federal Government, he said, had so far committed very huge resources, both human and material, into the ongoing fight against the enemies of the country and would continue to do that.

Aregbesola stated: “All these efforts are geared towards addressing the security challenges in the country, with personnel and equipment spread thin.”

The Minister, however, observed that several attacks would have been foiled, if the security agencies had been notified in real time; hence the need for a common platform that could interface the public with the security agencies.

Ogbeni Aregbesola further noted: “One noticeable lacuna is information and timely alert of the security agencies to incidents of crimes, breach of security and natural disasters before they happen or while they are going on.

“In most cases, they would have been prevented or mitigated if the alert had come in time.”

According to the Minister, the Ministry of Interior, developed an application, a technological innovation that worked with the smart mobile phone, or any other device with Android or IOS capability, to send alerts to all security agencies in real time.

He also stated: “The initiative is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy of making the security of lives and property of Nigerians a priority.

“It is also part of the objective of leveraging on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in doing government business and operations.”

Mobile App use is free

Aregbesola, who as well noted that the application is free for Nigerian consumers, however, Saud that for now, the App could only work on smart devices.

He urged all Nigerians to download it for use.

The Minister stated: “The App utilises a combination of audio-visual and geospatial location identification of the caller and scenes of incidents on the Ministry Inter-Agency Situation Room (MISR).

“It also works on the Command and Control Centres, Dashboards of the four services, that is, Immigration service, Correctional service, Federal Fire service and Civil Defence as well as Police Headquarters for joint inter-agency operations.”

He also stated: “You will recall that the Federal Government inaugurated the National Economy Digital Policies and Strategy (NDEPS) under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) in 2019.”

It has the goal of driving the digitisation of the national economy sector and related sectors to which the security sector is one key component, Aregbesola said.

The Minister added: “It is to this end that the ministry designed and is now deploying the N-Alerts mobile app for joint operations and monitoring of the preparedness of the services and the Nigeria Police.”

According to him, the App is to serve as a tool to enable the public access real-time response to distress and emergencies in the areas of crime, fire, flood and medical ambulance services, among others.

Meanwhile, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Honourable Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, has congratulated the Ministry of Interior for the inauguration of the app.

Adebayo said that it came at a time when the country most needed it.

Likewise, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, pledged the support of his Ministry, the National Orientation Agency, and other related departments and agencies under the Information Ministry in promoting and publicising the Application for  Nigerians’ use.

Dr. Shuaib Belgore, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior,  thanked Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd.), former Minister for Interior, for initiating the project and also taking out time to attend the formal inauguration in Abuja.

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