Governor Otti Tells Study Team That Security Is Serious Business In Abia

...charged the team to key into artificial intelligence

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Abia state governor, Dr. Alex Otti OFR says the state takes issues of security very seriously as it is critical to the economic growth of every society.

Governor Otti stated this in Government House Umuahia while hosting a delegation of the Course 17 , Syndicate 2 of the National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, who were in the state for a one week study tour.

Governor Alex Otti, who described the theme of the programme,
“Artificial Intelligence, Security and Emerging Economies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects” as apt, particularly at this time when Artificial Intelligence has taken over from native intelligence charged the team to key into artificial intelligence.

According to him, keying into artificial intelligence is very much necessary in the area of technology because crime and criminality are also changing with people using technology to defraud others.

Governor Otti used the opportunity to stress on the good relationship existing between his administration and various security agencies in the state and emphasised that, though they work like a team in the state, his government does not use the security agencies to pursue personal interest.

“We take seriously, the issue of security because we have the understanding that if security fails every other thing else fails. That’s why we work closely with security agencies, in fact we are brothers and sisters because we are working for one purpose and I have also told them that one thing that nobody in this government would not do is to ask security agencies or security men to do the wrong thing.

” Anytime we call you, it is for the general interest of the state. We don’t have any personal interest to pursue. We don’t have any enemies to arrest. Afara prison (correctional centre) which used to be a dumping ground for political opposition, we have ensured that there’s nobody that is there today, that is not supposed to be there and that is how our administration is.

“The theme of the programme is apt, particularly at this time when artificial intelligence has taken over from native intelligence. It may look esoteric at this time when you talk about robotics, artificial intelligence 3 D printing, driverless cars, electric vehicles, whether you like it or not that is the direction the world is going. And you refuse to key in and come on board at your own peril. So I like the foresght and I would like to encourage you to continue in that direction.

” This is very necessary and even more necessary in the area of technology because crime and criminality is also changing, people are using technology now to steal people’s money so if you don’t understand what they do or what they did you would not be able to solve the problem.

Earlier, the team leader of the Course 17 , Syndicate 2 of the National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, Dr. Adegboyega Karim said the institute which embarks on research and human capacity building was in Abia for a one week study with the theme “Artificial Intelligence, Security and Emerging Economies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects”

Dr. Karim, who emphasised the importance of artificial intelligence in today’s government business commended Governor Otti for creating a Minstry of Digital Economy and SME and appreciated his relationship with federal institutions in Abia state.

“Your commitment to health sector is commendable. We were marveled when we got to the FMC (FMC, Umuahia) and saw the structure you constructed. At least we observed that in some states where they would say, yes, this is federal institution, we have nothing to do with them, but you took it upon yourself to even construct works for them and gave them support.

“So this we believe would engender a national life. Thank very much for your support. The way you are going, we believe that in less than 4 years, this (Abia) would be one of the states that would be a shining example for other states to emulate.”

The team later presented a portrait and official letter of invitation to the governor, inviting him to the official presentation of the report of the study coming on Thursday next week.