Nigeria Community Safety & Security www.nigeriacommunitysafesecurity.org Infrastructure www.nigeriacommunitysafesecurity.org Infrastructural Overview Globally, strategic planning of safety and security is dependent on availability of information Most time, such information does not come easily, but must be extracted through technical means In Nigeria, obtaining information in safety and security for planning could be cumbersome In view of the present safety and security issues, ranging from infiltration of arms, bomb blasts, to pipeline vandalisation, etc, the time has come to deploy all available technologies to combat terrorism, as well as oil theft which are ravaging the nation’s economy The question is: what is the best technology to adopt that fits local content? The challenge in safety and security information gathering in Nigeria arises from skepticism: “how will I pass information to the appropriate quarters without endangering or facing insecurity myself?” “when information passed, will it be acted upon?” “how can such information get to the authorities without being hoarded by an individual security operative?” Our effort to find solutions to the foregoing skepticism is what gave birth to the idea of the Nigeria Community Safety and Security Infrastructure, which gives the citizen the platform for participation in crime prevention and control The infrastructure serves as human resource software offering online functionality just as the traditional security agencies do: Report crime Report suspicious activities Facilitate discussion forum & live charts Facilitate dissemination of public enlightenment articles Provide platform for public opinion Serve as help desk During the design of the application, we anticipated that criminals could also gain access, and may want to report falsely to detract security operatives. Consequently, a mechanism of tracking each reporter’s device (information) and their geolocation has been put in place which stores such information in the application log file for security analyses to show the authenticity and true location of the reporter. OPERATIONAL FRAMEWORK Stakeholder Far-Reaching Technologies FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Security Agency Funding Policy support / Legislation NITDA NSA Implementation Nigeria Community Safety & Security Consumer-to-National Safety & Security AIR FORCE NAVY POLICE ARMY SSS NSCDC Nigeria Community Safety & Security CUSTOMS NEMA NIMASA IMMIGRATION ROAD SAFETY TRANSLATING SCEPTICISM TO TRUST In closing, I wish to re-emphasise that in fighting crime, there is no weapon greater than the power of information. And in our country, buffeted by waves of insurgency attacks, kidnappings, ritual killings, inter-communal crises, etc, the best solution to this meanness is to ensure effective citizen participation in crime prevention and control. The only means for citizen participation is to Think Technology, Talk Technology and to Try Technology. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!