The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has revealed plans by the Nigerian government to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on major highways in the country as part of measures to curtail the rising spate of kidnappings and other crimes across the country.
Dingyadi disclosed this in an interview on a Channels Television programme on Tuesday.
The Minister said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the project and that the Nigerian government had entered into an agreement with NPS Technology Company to 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 ensure that we reduce the number of kidnappings in this country,” the minister said.
Addressing a question on whether the cameras will only be installed in 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 company in charge of the CCTV project was already purchasing the needed equipment for the project.