The Ministry of Communications has expressed readiness to collaborate with the Nigerian Army on Information Communications Technology (ICT).
Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication made this known in a statement signed by Mrs Pauline Sule, Assistant Communications Officer in the ministry in Abuja on Thursday.
Shittu said this when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Shittu recalled Buratai’s visit to the ministry where the collaboration was first initiated, adding that his visit was to reciprocate and further strengthen the collaboration.
He said that the ministry and all its agencies were set for the collaboration and would be engaged to help in deploying technology in all aspect of the military activities and operations where necessary.
The minister commended the achievements made so far under the leadership of the COAS in fighting Boko Haram and other miscreant groups.
He however admonished him to do more in order to completely wipe out terrorism in the country.
Shittu suggested that the COAS should consider establishing a strong ICT department in the Nigerian Army and Military Academy.
He assured him of necessary support to complement his effort in fighting crime and terrorism.
According to him, war cannot be fought with arms alone but with technology as well.
Responding, Buratai thanked the minister for finding time out of his tight schedule to reciprocate the visit.
Buratai commended Shittu for the good job he was doing in reforming the telecom industry, while using ICT to add value to the growth of the Gross Domestic Product.
According to him, the role of ICT is key to military operations and the use of cyberspace.
“Today, one can fight war or battle right from ones office. This cannot be achieved without the support of the ministry hence the collaboration.