The Chairman of the Abuja Chapter of NIEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), Mr. Josiah Ahueyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that government must guarantee citizens’ safety during the 2023 general elections.

NIEEE has encouraged the Federal Government of Nigeria to deploy military and paramilitary personnel to all polling units to ensure peaceful elections, NAN reports.

“On the issue of security during these elections my recommendation is that government should ensure that all the military apparatus are deployed to man all polling units to ensure the normalcy, safety, and security of citizens.

“Those hoodlums that may want to disrupt the process must be kept at bay so that credible and violent-free elections can be achieved.

“On our part, the institute has also been carrying out advocacy by inviting INEC to our meetings to enlighten members and also advise where necessary.

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“You may also be aware that a number of our members are in INEC employment, some of whom have developed good innovations that INEC is using in its work,” Ahueyi said.

Josiah Ahueyi said that the Federal Government could also deploy technology such as satellite technology, Close Circuit Television (CCTV), and even drones for surveillance systems. He said this would further enhance and strengthen security during and after the elections.

NIEEE emphasized that no nation could fight insurgency and other vices without the use of modern technologies.

Speaking further about NIEEE’s efforts to strengthen the institute’s membership, Josiah said NIEEE was supporting an Act of the National Assembly to establish an organ that would define, establish and enforce professionalism in electrical and electronic engineering.