By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government is to adopt the use of artificial intelligence to track activities of men of the underworld, Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has disclosed.
Matane disclosed that spy cameras are to be installed in parts of Minna, the state capital on a pilot first phase project to track down all movements and activities of citizens especially in highbrow areas.
The SSG spoke at the first stakeholders media parley with journalists working in the state.
The parley was put together by the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abubakar Sani Bello as part of fence mending strategies to ensure good and cordial government and media relationship in the state.
Ibrahim Matane said as part of the state government effort’s aimed at combating crimes, Circuit Cameras Televisions, (CCTV) would be installed in parts of Minna to monitor daily movements and conducts in parts of the state capital as stopgaps to criminalities.
The state government’s chief scribe, (SSG) said though information dissemination was vital to governance but added that whatever is being communicated to citizens, must be done responsibly to avoid areas of sensibilities so that existing peace, harmony general public interest were not hurt or jeopardized.
Ahmed Ibrahim Matane sued for the understanding of media practitioners in the state on the workings and challenges of government in it’s day to day administration.
Former Director General, Niger State Media Corporation, Hassan Kolos said there was a disconnect between government and the governed in the state because most of the general public in the state do not know or see what the government was doing.
Kolos said it was sad that the state government was not paying needed attention to its owned media outfits which are supposed to be the best and right channels to propagates its programmes and policies to citizens.
Convener of the media parley and Chief Press Secretary to governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mary Noel Barje said in her opening remarks that the partly was to bridge the gap in communication between government and the media which is the go – between government and its citizens.
She noted that the media was free to engage government in constructive criticism to help grow the state along public interest, public health and general development of the wellbeing of the state and its citizens.