House Orders Probe of Nigeria’s CCTV Contract
The Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations of unwholesome practices in the execution of the Video Surveillance and Close Circuit Television Camera? projects awarded by the Nigerian Government.
The contract which was given to ZTE Nigeria Limited for an initial sum of US$470million was awarded by the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The contract known as Public Security Communications System was financed under an agreement between the federal government and the China Export Bank.
This was part of resolutions reached during deliberations at Wednesday’s plenary. Members of the House observed that although the projects had been completed and handed over to the government since 2012, “no criminal activity has ever been detected through the security cameras.”
The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by a member from Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Saviour Friday-Udoh, who raised concerns that the purpose of installing the CCTV cameras had been defeated if they have failed to assist security agencies in detecting crime.
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