Reps re-launch investigation into CCTV contract
The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to re-investigate the contract and the uncompleted installations of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other major cities of the federation.
The lawmakers said despite the earlier probe of the contract by the 7th House, a fresh investigation was needed at this time to ascertain circumstances leading up to the award of the contract in Abuja and Lagos.
Failure to determine the outcome of the previous investigation by the House led to the consensus that an ad hoc committee be set up to find out who awarded the contract between the FCT administration, ministry of internal affairs or the Nigerian police.
House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila said the matter was investigated by the same House but nothing was done, which makes it pertinent for the chamber to now “take active measures on the issue, particularly as it concerns the security of the citizens.”
The decision followed a motion jointly sponsored by Rep Adekoya Adeseun AbdulMajid and Abiodun James Falake (APC, Lagos), who said the probe should incorporate determining the failure of ZTE Corporation to complete the contract.
Compliance of the Chinese nationals of ZTE Corporation with tax payment to the federal government’s coffers is to also be ascertained by the committee.
Lawmakers acknowledged the critical role of the CCTV cameras especially in curtailing the activities of criminals, but lamented that the installation of the cameras in Abuja, the CCTVs have remained dormant.
A Legal Officer, Mr Alhassan Aliyu (left), administers oath of office to the newly elected executive members of Nigeria Union of Tailors, Kaduna State Chapter, at their inauguration in Kaduna yesterday. Photo NAN