The federal government has launched a mobile app for sending crime alerts to security agencies.
Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior who spoke at the launch of (NISPSAS) mobile application at the ministry’s headquarters on Thursday May 12, said many attacks would have been foiled if the security agencies had been notified in real time.
He expressed hope of the mobile app bridging the gap of communication between Nigerians and security agencies.
Aregbesola noted that the application is free to use for Nigerians and can be downloaded on the Android or iOS playstore.
“One noticeable lacuna is information and timely alert of the security agencies to incidents of crimes, breach of security, and natural disasters before they happen or while they are going on. In most cases, they would have been prevented or mitigated if the alert had come in time.
“As part of the response to this challenge, the ministry of interior has therefore developed an application, a technological innovation that works with the smart mobile phone or any other device with Android or IOS capability, to send alerts to all security agencies in real time.
“The initiative is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy of making the security of lives and property of Nigerians a priority.
“It is also part of the objective of leveraging on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in doing government business and operations.
“The app utilises a combination of audio-visual and geospatial location identification of the caller and scenes of incidents on the ministry inter-agency situation room (MISR).
“It also works on the command and control centres, dashboards of the four services, that is, immigration service, correctional service, federal fire service, civil defence as well as police headquarters for joint inter-agency operations.”