Lagos to de­ploy drones to com­bat crime

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, Lagos

The Lagos State Gov­ern­ment has dis­closed that it may de­ploy drones in ad­di­tion to the 1,000 CCTV sur­veil­lance cam­era mounted across Lagos as part of the ef­forts to ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor de­vel­op­ments and col­lect data in the state.

Com­mis­sioner for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Mr. Olufemi Odu­biyi re­vealed this dur­ing a chat with jour­nal­ists in Lagos.

“The use of un­manned drones to ef­fec­tively re­ceive up­dates and mon­i­tor de­vel­op­ments in a megac­ity of our size may also not be out of place,” he said.

Odu­biyi said there was ur­gent need to up­grade and add to the ex­ist­ing 1,000 CCTV cam­eras in the state to com­ple­ment the other crime preven­tion ini­tia­tives of the gov­ern­ment which in­clude the Se­cu­rity Trust Fund, Street Sig­nage, House Num­ber­ing and the pro­vi­sion of three-digit num­ber for emer­gency calls.

He said the present ad­min­is­tra­tion is set to de­ploy tech­nol­ogy to dis­pas­sion­ately drive ef­fi­cient al­lo­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment of resources.

He added that his min­istry would soon em­bark on the re-con­fig­u­ra­tion of the En­ter­prise GIS plat­form to make it more user-friendly, ac­com­mo­date all gov­ern­ment agen­cies, thereby en­hanc­ing in­formed de­ci­sion mak­ing and bet­ter cit­i­zen-gov­ern­ment re­la­tions.

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