Obviously évitablement but we do not live in Nigeria as we know – a peaceful country inhabited by sane people. Nigeria today is clearly inhabited by fools, both in government and outside, and plagued by myriad problems, the main ones insecurity, poverty, high unemployment and conflict internal.
Now we see and hear regularly, but unfortunately, cases of kidnappings, ritual killings, murders and maimings occurring in all parts of the country.
Of course, Nigerians are wondering, rightly, if their safety and well-being are no longer part of the top priorities of the government.
While the answer may seem obvious, this week President Muhammadu Buhari said tougher security measures will be put in place in restive parts of the country.
According to the president, his administration will review ongoing security operations with a view to producing similar strategies and tactics that have resulted in relative peace existing in the south-south and northeast areas.
Speaking, as well as a warning and fact, at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Congress of all progressive (APC), the president said the main security challenges remained in areas of north-central and north-west. Stressing that, “We will be very difficult. Our main problem now lies in the northwest and north-central. People are killing these places, why? We will be very difficult “.
As the trend continues, it is hoped that the measures to be introduced soon will, as the president has promised to tackle the security threat that plagues the country, especially areas of north-central and north -west.
Undoubtedly, it is sad to note that although Nigeria, like other sovereign states in the world, has military and intelligence services responsible for ensuring the safety, these agencies are not only struggling, but the country’s security architecture has undoubtedly been rendered useless in many parts of the country.
It is undoubtedly alarming how terrorists brazenly invade roads, airports and railways to kill and kidnap people.
Undoubtedly, what the security situation in the country portends is an urgent need for collective, concerted and deliberate efforts by all Nigerians to combat the continuing woes.
Fortunately, to help us in our heavy collective responsibility to restore and maintain security in our country, the technology is as an ally to fight insecurity and meet our other societal challenges.
On this note, Nigeria should, like many other countries, deploy technology, especially artificial intelligence, to strengthen its national security infrastructure. With emerging modern tools such as surveillance cameras, social media analytics, biometric monitoring, data mining and profiling, corporate surveillance, satellite imagery, RFID and geo-tracking devices have become available.
Investing heavily in such technological devices will certainly demonstrate the highest level of seriousness and readiness of the Buhari-led government to end insecurity in the country, especially in the north-central and north-western areas. .
Undoubtedly, the need for Nigeria to improve its military capabilities and to become unrivaled in Africa can not be overemphasized. Military force is essential to prevent and respond to conflict. Unmatched military capabilities to deter an aggressor and allow the military to act decisively in times of crisis.
But the technological superiority is essential to our military advantage. For example, stealth, precision-guided and advanced communications, all of which are products of science and technology are essential to the success of the army in Nigeria.
Ultimately, the president should be noted that a significant strategy on how to manage violent conflict should also address the problems that lead to instability such as endemic poverty, food scarcity and resource degradation the environment and the spread of infectious diseases.
Failure to resolve these problems led to massive migration to the collapse of civil order and, ultimately, conflict. Solving these problems requires sustained commitment of Nigerians, not the occasional intervention of the government.
Of course, it should be noted that technology plays a vital role in addressing the sources of conflict by contributing to sustainable economic development, building scientific and technological capabilities, and promoting the advancement of knowledge.
Importance of local vaccine production
President Muhammadu Buhari this week asked Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire to submit a progress report on indigenous vaccine production in the country by the end of May 2022.
The President gave the directive while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Integrated Biopharmaceuticals Industries Consortium (NIBI), led by Mr. Vilarugel Cuyas, Chief Executive Officer of Fredlab.
The President commended the NIBI Consortium, comprised of European biotechnology companies Merck, Unizima, rommelag and Fredlab, which is collaborating with Nigerian start-up PIA BioPharma to establish a world-class BioPharma industrial complex for manufacturing critical vaccines and therapeutics in Nigeria.
Drugs and vaccines are developed through innovation researchers and pharmaceutical companies. At the end of 2020, total global pharmaceutical market was valued at about 1.27 trillion US dollars.
This is a significant increase from 2001, when the market was valued at just US$390 billion and more than 80% of this market is in North America, Europe and Japan.
The president stressed that his administration views food and medical sufficiency as matters of national security and asked the Minister of Health and his team to work closely with the consortium on the federal government support needed to update. NIBI the project in the coming months.
The NIBI project should of course not be underestimated, especially if it is considered from the standpoint that the term national security involves not only the act of protecting life and property of people against damage, but it also includes the stability of all institutions of other countries that transform and improve the lives of humanities.
Therefore, in the context of national security, critical sectors such as food and agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure and, most importantly, the health sector must be properly secured to the citizens.
It is only when people are living healthy they can work and become productive. When they work, they contribute so significantly to food sectors and health that inevitably stimulate the economy and will lead to national development.
In fact, it is on the basis of the above premise that the president recounted the impact of the pandemic Covid-19 on the economy and the health system in Nigeria and how some nations have comparative advantages in biopharmaceutical production have adopted an attitude of “me first” to secure their citizens.
Thus, the President said: “I want that Nigeria makes a bold statement in this area, not only for the reasons mentioned above, but because of its ripple effects on the economy as a whole”.
Somehow, the NIBI project is a way for Nigeria to respond to the need to turn inward for sustenance in food and medical supplies because, as the president said, “have witnessed the impact of the pandemic Covid-19 on our health system, our community life and our national economy, we’re still not fully recovered us, it reminds us that the wealth of a nation depends on the health and the welfare of its citizens.
Indeed, Nigeria has learned, perhaps recently but even better, that nations can be brought to their knees by epidemics that can cripple the national and international trade and is far better for countries to turn to inside for subsistence food and medical material. Provisions.