FG Blocks Installation Of 10,000 Security Cameras In Lagos

27/04/2013 11:26

The cold war between the Federal Government and Lagos State Government may be the reason why the latter has stopped the Lagos Safe City Project, a scheme aimed at providing 10,000 solar-powered closed circuit cameras all over the metropolis, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola
This emerged against the backdrop of the increasing cases of kidnapping in Lagos, a menace that has defied efforts by the police and other in the state.
Governor Babatunde Fashola had stated in January 2009 that the 10,000 cameras the state planned to install were to help to reduce crime in the state. At a demonstration event, Fashola said the number of policemen in the state was inadequate considering the number of people in the state. "Eighteen million people cannot be protected and policed by 33,000 people. This is impossible. No matter how much we try to increase the number of policemen, we cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result."
"In an information technology-driven world, we have to be counted as one of those states and communities which will adopt best practices. Cameras, sensors, tracking devices are the nerve centre of these facilities that would assist men and officers of the police force, fire service among others, to do their job much more effectively," he added.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, was contacted on why the cameras have yet to be installed as the governor promised. He said, "The problem with the issue of security cameras has nothing to do with the state government. When we were about to embark on their installation, the Federal Government contacted us and said we needed to stop. The reason we were given was that the FG had a scheme in the pipeline, which involved the installation of security cameras all over major cities in the country."
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