Reps re-launch in­ves­ti­ga­tion into CCTV con­tract

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

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

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