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Nigeria on security tenders to foreigners

25 July 2013, 10:07Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - A prominent security specialist warned Nigeria against awarding security contracts to foreign companies.

Dr Adedayo Adetoye, a specialist in the Security Information Flow at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, said the practice posed a risk to the country's state security as it exposed Nigeria's security details to other nations.

"Nigeria has become notorious in awarding national projects to international companies," he said at the ongoing Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)11th International Conference holding in Osun State, South West Nigeria.

"Only vetted indigenous companies should be allowed to operate the projects as is done everywhere in the world," he added.

Adetoye said Nigeria should develop a national cyber security plan.

"Nigeria needs to develop a legal framework for checks and balances. Government should take advantage of local expertise and in the Dispora to formulate its strategy.

"Government needs to engage academia and groups such as NCS to make this happen. Academics and professional bodies need to start training a crop of students to fill positions for this crucial national need," the expert said.

- CAJ News


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