Monday, January 4, 2016 7:26 pm
All the 1,000 Close Circuit Television, CCTV Cameras installed by the Federal Government in Lagos State have become dormant, the Lagos State Government has said.
But do not worry. The Lagos state government says it will re-activate them and also flood the state with 10,000 new cameras to improve the security architecture of the state.
Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade disclosed this while giving a breakdown of the 2016 budget. He said the government would activate the 1000 dormant CCTV in the state and make them functional again.
“We will be expanding our ICT Infrastructure Statewide, consequently, a budget of N9.6billion has been approved for this purpose in 2016. This will include Smart City project targeted at deploying technology to enhance security in the State. It will also aid our revenue generating efforts.
“We will be increasing coverage of CCTV installations in the State. Our goal is to have over 10,000 active cameras, connected by Broadband. The existing 1,000 CCTV cameras will be reactivated and these will be increased by additional 3,000 cameras after the completion of the first phase of this project,” he said.
Commissioner for Finance, Mustapha Akinkumi, put it more specific when he said the FG’s 1,000 CCTVs had been abandoned and that kudos should be given to the state government for wanting to re-activate them.
However, Budget Commissioner, Ashade harped on the need to beef up security and ensure there is law and order, saying that” We are all aware of the security challenges in the country and to manage this in the state, we have committed aboutN23.5 billion for the maintenance of Law and Order, and to support Security services in the area of vehicles, security gadgets and logistics.
“We shall continue to enhance the welfare of our security services in the areas of providing allowances, fuelling of patrol vehicles and adequate life insurance covers to motivate them in 2016. We will provide more buildings for Police Area Commands in our state to enhance their performance. This budget also includes projects that will enhance security of lives and properties in other areas of Governance as previously enumerated.
“You will recall that this Administration handed over equipment worth N4.765bn to the Lagos State Police Command in the last quarter of Y2015.In addition to the activities mentioned earlier, we have also made provisions for Completion of on-going Court projects in Igando, Imota, Ajegunle as well as Judges Quarters at Falomo etc. to complement those that had been completed,” he said.
Ashade said attention would also be given to improving disaster management, purchase of firefighting equipment, Occupational, Public Safety and Construction of new fire stations and relief camp across the state.