Deployment of CCTV to commence soon
In order to curb the spike in kidnapping cases going on in the country, the federal government is set to monitor all major highways across the country with Close Circuit Camera television (CCTV).
This development was disclosed by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi in an interview on the Channels Television breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.
The minister revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the deployment of CCTV project and the Federal Government has entered into an agreement with NPS Technology Company to re-fix the abandoned CCTV project.
“We are moving forward like you are aware, the 470 million CCTV project that has been abandoned. Mr. President has now given us the go-ahead to resuscitate the project and we have already entered into a concession agreement with NPS technologies. They are there trying to re-fix the entire system to resuscitate it.
“By the time this system is put in place, we will have a lot of technology to manage this crisis – particularly this issue of kidnapping. We will go a long way to ensure that we reduce the number of kidnappings in this country,” the Minister said.
When asked if the CCTV will be in only major cities like Abuja, the Minister said, “The CCTV is going to be on all the major highways in all the states of the Federation, it is everywhere in this country.”
Dingyadi said the deployment of CCTV will be accomplished through a public and private partnership. The company in charge of the deployment of CCTV is already purchasing the needed equipment for the project.
Speaking concerning the challenges, he said they are aware of the challenges involved in achieving the projects and they are tackling them headlong. In his words, he said “That is what we are doing now, we are facing the challenges, and we are trying to resuscitate them. This company is already going into action to ensure that they purchase the needed equipment.”