The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, today said machinery had been set in motion to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on all major highways across the country as a measure towards curtailing kidnapping.
He said the project would be a public-private partnership scheme.
Dingyadi on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, today said President Muhammadu Buhari already gave approval for the project, and an agreement had been brokered with NPS Technology Company to revamp an abandoned CCTV project a previous regime initiated.
He said: “We are moving forward, like you are aware, the N470 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 go a long way to ensure that we reduce the number of kidnappings in this country.”
When asked if the CCTV will be in only major cities like Abuja, the Minister said it would be sited on major highways nationwide.
He said the government was aware of the challenges involved in the successful implementation of the project and these were being tackled.