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Rivers to Deploy AI to Tackle Political Crisis, Says Governor Fubara

Rivers Governor Fubara says his administration will leverage on Artificial Intelligence to tackle political crisis and drive development.

Rivers State Governor, Mr Siminalayi Fubara, has declared his administration’s readiness to leverage on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tackle political crisis and drive development in the state. 

According to the governor, deployment of AI will significantly enhance operational efficiency and transform citizen experiences.

He said that it was now imperative for policy makers to draw up futuristic plans that can strengthen governance when implemented while also protecting the interest of the people.

Governor Fubara made the assertion yesterday, when participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC-17 Syndicate 5) of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House in Port Harcourt.

The governor stated that the advanced societies were accelerating the use of AI because it enables a faster data-driven decision-making process and allows administrations to make more informed choices that are based on accurate and real-time insights.

“Today, we are moving from the aspect of physical battle to intellectual battle and Artificial Intelligence is the right model to use to fight crime. 

“As a State, we did not hesitate to accept your invitation because we want to tap into it. We want to be part of this success, knowing fully well that your success will also rub off on our State.”

Governor Fubara emphasised: “I heard you say here that, at the end of the visit, your report will be part of what would be used to formulate policies. 

“It’s very important and we know quite alright that, for us to do better than what we are doing, we need policies that are strong, futuristic, and can strengthen governance as well as policies that would protect the interest of the common man.” 

Governor Fubara assured that his administration was determined to work with the institute to build a strong synergy that will ease the processes of governance.

He however, directed the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, to sustain contact with the group so that its final report can be made available for the State to study and implement. 

Governor Fubara further said: “We feel very honoured at this particular time to have you in our State, especially considering the high level of security and intelligence work that you are doing. 

“It will give us a good image as against what is being rumoured everywhere that the streets of Port Harcourt, is being paraded by cultists, kidnappers and all sorts of criminal elements. 

“You might have also gone round and seen for yourself that Rivers State, even in the face of the political crisis, is also peaceful. This is because the management of the State, as at today, has always emphasised that peace is the only way and solution for development. So, I am happy that your presence here has also helped to make us score another point before our detractors.”

Governor Fubara stated that, to build a very successful nation, it was important for everybody to work as a team. 

Such teamwork, he noted, will diminish tendencies to engage in unhealthy rivalry, and frustrate politics of bitterness, particularly because government was a continuum. 

“After my Administration, another person, definitely, will take over, but what is important is for us to work for the common interest of everybody, not for self. If we are talking about self, we will be very destructive. Our policies will be very myopic and short-sighted.

“I want to urge everyone to think first about the well-being of our country. I want to appeal to everybody, let us stop this politics of bitterness and play politics of friendship. 

“Let us liken it to a football match: somebody has to win, somebody has to loss. There will be another tournament, and you will try again to see if you can reclaim your medal. That is the way life should be seen. 

“It shouldn’t be an issue of unnecessary competition. It shouldn’t be an issue of unnecessary rivalry that leads to bitterness, leads to sickness of the bone. We should try and emulate better relationships,” he added.

Earlier in his speech, the Head of the delegation of the participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 17, Syndicate 5) of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Didacus Egbeji, said officers at the rank of not less than Deputy Directors were in the State for a weeklong study tour as part of requirements of their 10- month course at the institute.

Egbeji, who is also the Deputy Commandant of the National Institute for Security Studies, explained that the participants are strategic leaders who, in the next 5 years, are likely to be heading their different agencies and will be using gains from the training to ensure efficiency at their agencies. 

Egbeji also said that at the end of those tours, they will do a review, put reports together and present it as an Executive Brief to President Bola Tinubu through the Office of the Vice President.

Blessing Ibunge in Port Harcourt 

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