Insecurity: Senate to Probe failed Abuja $500 Million CCTV Contract

In a unanimous decision during Wednesday’s plenary session, the Nigerian Senate resolved to investigate the $500 million contract awarded in 2015 for the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, which has been allegedly poorly implemented. The decision was prompted by a motion moved as a point of order by Senator Ned Nwoko, focusing on the Galadimawa Kidnapping Tragedy.

Senator Nwoko, in his lead debate, expressed deep concern over the recent kidnapping incident in the Galadimawa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), involving multiple individuals, including his Senior Legislative Aide, Mr. Chris Agidy. The distressing incident unfolded two weeks ago, where 19 individuals were forcibly taken from their homes in the Galadimawa area of Abuja.

Taking immediate action upon receiving the distressing news, Senator Nwoko contacted the Commissioner of Police, who activated the OC Anti-Kidnapping team to secure the release of those abducted. However, regretfully, updates from reliable police sources confirmed that out of the 19 individuals abducted, 12 have been killed, while seven remained in the custody of the kidnappers.

The Senate’s resolution involves calling on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Nyesom Wike, to investigate the implementation of the $500 million CCTV camera contract. The motion underscores the urgency of addressing the security challenges facing the nation, particularly in the FCT, and emphasizes the need for accountability in the execution of critical projects aimed at enhancing public safety.

This decision by the Senate reflects a commitment to oversight and accountability, seeking to ensure that public funds are judiciously utilized for projects that contribute to the security and well-being of Nigerian citizens. The probe into the allegedly poorly implemented CCTV contract is expected to shed light on the circumstances surrounding its execution and identify measures for improvement in addressing security concerns.

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