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Published On: Mon, Apr 28th, 2014

Rep wants FG to deploy technology to tackle Boko Haram

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House of Representatives reps logoBy Lawrence Olaoye

A member of the House of Representatives, Rep Abiodun Akinlade, has called on the government to employ technology in tackling the menace of Boko Haram in the country.

The lawmaker, who represents the people of Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency in the House, is also the chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, Akinlade urged the security agencies to use satellite technology to monitor the activities of the insurgents in the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Born o state.

He also enjoined the government to fund the science and technology sector adequately as he posited that the sector could provide answers to the myriads of challenges facing the nation from insecurity to unemployment.

He said “the solution to the nation’s insecurity challenges lies in science and technology. The dreaded Sambisa Forest, regarded as the fortress of the insurgents in Borno state, could be monitored from the satellite and only adequate empowerment for the nation’s space centre can make this happen.

“World over, technology has been deployed to provide solutions to so many human challenges and Nigeria should not be an exception. Those kidnapped school girls in Borno state are somewhere and it would be counter-productive for us to attempt to fish them out using menial method. Scanning the dangerous forest by using vigilante and local hunters may be dangerous as they risk being killed by the blood suckers but deploying technology, through the use of the satellite would definitely produce the desired results,” he assured.

The lawmaker, who chided the executive for its consistent failure to fully implement the nation’s capital budget, however lauded the nation’s leaders across various political persuasions for accepting to come together in order to address the problem of insecurity in the country.

He said “The challenge of insecurity is not the sole responsibility of President Goodluck Jonathan but that of everybody, regardless of his political leanings. We can all acknowledge the efforts being made by government at the federal and the state levels to address the issue of insecurity not only in the North East region consisting of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, but across the country in general.”

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