The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said forensics will go a long way in providing evidence to combat the current crime and security challenges plaguing the nation.
He said this when he received members of the Chartered Institute of Computer Forensics of Nigeria (CICFON) led by their president, Prof. Peter Olayiwola, today in his office in Abuja.
He said the nation has all the resources (human and material) to overcome the current security challenges and pointed out the need to support forensic experts in providing evidence needed to prosecute crime.
He added the application of cybersecurity would go a long way in reducing malpractices and fraud in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and the organised private sector (OPS) in the country.
“Nigeria wants transparency in governance to eliminate all fraud in all government activities and in the private sector, which will help to reduce crime in the country,” he said.
Onu stated that Nigeria should produce more forensic experts to help in providing evidences for prosecuting crimes and in the near future could help in assisting other countries, pledging his ministry will work through the Executive Order 05, which, according to him, helps to create jobs and wealth to ensure that Nigeria is a prosperous nation.
Earlier, Olayiwola had sought the support of the ministry for the quick passage of the Chartered Computer Forensics Bill.