FCTA To Fast Track CCTV Project In Abuja - Minister

Source: EWACHE AJEFU, ABUJA BUREAU CHIEF - thewillnigeria.com
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ABUJA, Oct 07, (THEWILL) - The FCT Administration has already concluded procurement process on the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and would fast track its installation in the Federal Capital City, Abuja.

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made this disclosure today while receiving the Malaysian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Melvin Castelino who paid him a courtesy visit to commiserate with Nigerians over the October 1 bomb blast in Abuja.

The Minister revealed that the CCTV would be installed at strategic locations within the city to transmit signal that would aid in nipping any criminal activity in the bud.

Senator Mohammed emphasised that when the CCTVs are installed, it will surely step up security surveillance of the entire 250 square kilometres of the Federal Capital City thereby giving higher confidence to residents.

"This is a very important project that must be executed to lay siege on all men of the underworld," he said.

He expressed the commitment of the FCT Administration to stamping out all forms of criminal activities not only in the Abuja metropolis but in the entire 8,000 square kilometres of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Minister assured all members of the diplomatic community residing in the Federal Capital Territory of adequate security in spite of the unfortunate bomb explosion that rocked the city during the 50th Independence Anniversary.

Senator Mohammed remarked that Malaysia and Nigeria share a lot and that the two countries have been development partners; saying that Malaysia has a lot of similarities with Nigeria in terms of culture and politics.

On the on-going development of Malaysian Garden Estate in the Federal Capital City, the Minister stated that he has visited the place but expressed his disappointment over the slow pace of work there.

He frowned at corporate organizations using mass housing plots for speculation, noting that since the allocation of that land for the development of mass housing estate in 2004, less than 2 percent of it has been developed, which falls below expectation.