Federal government has evolved policies aimed at leveraging digital technology in tackling developmental and security challenges in the country.
The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashir (RTD) made this known during the Graduation Lecture of the National Defence College (NDC) Course 29 as delivered by the Minster of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva entitled: Enhancing Digital Technology in the Oil and Gas Sector of Nigeria for National Development in Abuja, recently.
According to him, the efforts are evident in the changes made in policy, environment, national security and governance. While delivering his lecture, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, who commended the enormous sacrifices of officers and men of the Armed Forces in the frontlines, noted that artificial intelligence, as well as, automation have enjoyed huge application in a variety of area in the Oil and Gas sector.
He however, listed some institutional and operational challenges to digital technology in the Nigeria Oil sector as the cybersecurity challenge, data fraud and theft, underinvestment in technology and danger of digital technology failure among others.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral OB Daji said the College had adopted the theme; “Fourth Industrial Revolution and National Development in Nigeria” for Course 29 due to exponential pace in the advancement of technology globally in the last decade.
The Commandant noted further that, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a critical factor in determining the strength of nations in measuring security and sustainable development indices.
The College holds the annual Graduation Lecture where internationally acclaimed leaders, academics and subject matter experts present their views and experiences on a contemporary subject matter is part of the activities to mark the end of course over the last 11 months.