A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has advised the Federal Government to deploy emerging and disruptive technologies to combat corruption in the country.

Ribadu, who gave this advice in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the e-Nigeria conference on Monday in Abuja, pointed out that for the Federal Government to effectively fight corruption, “we must look for every available means to fight corruption.”

He explained: “Today, there are several technologies that can be deployed…disruptive technologies, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data can be used to fight corruption in public services. We can also use drones to carry out surveillance.”

While emphasising that the key to the success in the fight against corruption is that “the system keep using up-to- date techniques”, Ribadu maintained that disruptive techniques can help curb corruption but that if those managing it are corrupt then it is futile.

He urged the government, MDA’s, security institutions to explore block-chain option in protecting their operations and other stakeholders and custodians of data to ensure privacy of such data.

“Leadership is all about character, work ethics and integrity,” he said.