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House Opens Investigation Into 'Failed' Cctv Project

10 July, 2014

Source: Daily Trust

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated three of its committees to investigate the alleged failure of Video Surveillance and Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) to detect criminal activities in some cities around the country.

The committees are that of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), public safety and that of national security. They have two weeks to turn in their report.

The House, in taking the decision based on a motion by Rep Saviour Friday Udoh (PDP, A/Ibom), noted that the current security situation in Nigeria was precarious despite the efforts of the Federal Government.

It also observed that a contract to install CCTV as Public Security Communications System (PSCS) was awarded to ZTE Corporation during the administration of Late Umaru Musa Yar'adua at the initial cost of $470 million to be funded through a finance agreement between Nigerian government and China Export Bank to check insecurity in the country.

The House recalled that a contract for the installation of 2000 digital Solar Powered Cameras, with Lagos and Abuja having 1000 each, was also awarded with 37 switch rooms, MW backbone, 37 Coalition Emergency Response System Vehicles and 1.5 million subscriber lines.

Despite this, however, the House said since 2012 when the project was completed and handed over to government, no criminal activity has ever been known to have been detected through the security cameras, a situation, it said, calls for serious concern.

The House therefore unanimously resolved that the matter be investigated to ascertain the true state of the cameras.

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