The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Police Command in Gombe State, has trained no fewer than 200 police personnel in the state to improve their digital literacy.
Oqua Etim, Commissioner of Police in the state, while addressing the personnel in Gombe at the closing session of the training, urged them to seek more knowledge to enhance their performance.
Etim noted that the training was important in view of the digital nature of society and crimes, adding that the personnel need to be knowledgeable in combating crimes in contemporary times. “Times are changing, before, we were talking about highway robbery but today we are talking of cybercrime, where people sit in the comfort of their offices on a laptop and do the unexpected. So we have to be abreast of ensuring that we effectively provide security to our citizens,” he said.
The commissioner said that the training would help the officers better prepare to serve residents of the state.
He urged the beneficiaries to leverage the knowledge acquired to improve their performance for the betterment of Nigerians.
Etim also seized the opportunity to reiterate the command’s stand against violating human rights while on duty.
“The era of police brutality has been cast in the dustbin of history. We are in a democratic dispensation and what is expected of us is to subordinate ourselves to the civil authority; we are a civil police.
He commended the NITDA officials for training the officers while urging the agency to continue to support the command with such training for improved policing in the state.
Also speaking, Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NITDA, commended the police personnel for their dedication and commitment throughout the training.
Abdullahi represented by Mr Ahmed Mohammed, Coordinator, North-East Zonal office, NITDA said the training would help boost the performance of personnel and ensure that citizens get good policing.
He urged the trained officers to continue to use the knowledge acquired not just for their computer-based examination, but also for their daily routines to ensure improved performance.