The British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) estimated there are up to 5.9 million closed-circuit television cameras in the country, including 750,000 in “sensitive locations” such as schools, hospitals and care homes. It is pertinent to note that they are all functioning.
The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has demanded further explanation on the $460 million Abuja CCTV camera project from the Ministry of Finance.
The Chairman of the committee, James Faleke (APC-Lagos), at a budget defence session with the ministry on Thursday in Abuja, said there was a need for Nigerians to get value for monies paid.
“Before this administration, we collected some loans and the one that strikes me the most is the 460 million dollars for CCTV installation in Abuja.
“I want to know the position of this loan, I am sure we are paying back but the CCTV is not working.
“Any time we take loan from China, the Chinese will come and do the job, they will bring all their equipment, the personnel and the goods and yet we do not have value for the money, especially that of the CCTV.
“Where are we? I need you to look into it and send us a memo on this particular aspect,” he said.
Responding, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, said Nigeria was servicing the loan but she had no explanations on the status of the project.
“We are servicing the loan but on the project, we will have to ask the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Authority because the project was deployed in the FCT, I have no information on the status of the CCTV.