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On el-Rufai’s CCTV installation in Kaduna



On el-Rufai’s CCTV installation in Kaduna

It invariably gladdens the heart of the governed whenever the government proclaims a laudable policy. However, away from mere proclamation, the citizens only become satisfied when such concept is duly implemented. Two weeks back, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai disclosed his government’s intention to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the Kaduna metropolis and beyond with a view to fighting all forms of criminal activities within the state. CCTV is a television system in which signals aren’t publicly distributed but are monitored, basically for surveillance and security purposes.



The electronic device depends solely on strategic placement of cameras, and subsequent observation of the camera’s input via monitors installed elsewhere. CCTV allows you to monitor all sorts of activities taking place within a private or public domain, at your own convenience. The cameras are very essential in monitoring some places to prevent theft and allied matters. In the aspect of business, it controls inventory and maximizes productivity. The device can act aptly as a huge deterrent to criminals, especially when it concerns pre-planned crimes.


This signifies that thieves or burglars are much less likely to target our homes or business places, thereby helping keep our belongings and assets secure as well as increasing the overall safety of our families or investments, as might be the case. It’s noteworthy that, on a daily basis, more individuals and institutions across the globe adopt the use of the CCTV owing to its numerous benefits.


The more amazing factor about the device is that it enables recording of video signals whereby the recorded clip can be played or viewed later. As a CCTV operator, you would be placed with various responsibilities, ranging from operating cum monitoring banks of screens, reporting incidents as evidence, and potentially contacting the police, or concerned law enforcement agency, as and when required. Installation of CCTV, which comprises digital cameras, video recorder, central cum remote monitor and BNC cable, unarguably ensures public safety.



Through surveillance cameras, the police and other related authorities can prevent crimes from happening and can easily and quickly solve criminal cases with material evidence. Hence, its installation kicks against property theft and vandalism. CCTV can equally be used to monitor staff efficiency within a certain establishment. With the invention of the device, investors or captains of industries can now ascertain the respective abilities and competence of their employees on a regular basis.


Notwithstanding, it’s worth noting that the majority of CCTV cameras can be easily hacked. This implies that the device, which can make the beneficiary or the user feel physically safer, can also make him feel vulnerable. Whatever the case might be, the truth remains that the merits accruable to the use of the CCTV cannot be overemphasized, particularly in the area of crime fighting and tackling of social ills in general. CCTV whose cameras are of different types – including PTZ, Wireless, Bullet, and Dome cameras – are now being planned by the Kaduna government to be installed in various strategic points within the capital city and possibly across the entire state.



This is a laudable policy statement, to assert the least. However, for those of us who are so keen to history, it would regrettably be recalled that the governor had earlier in May 2016 – marking his one year in office during the first term – disclosed that such tech-driven measure would soonest be implemented across the state but subsequently, virtually nothing was done about the lofty proclamation.


Perhaps, by re-echoing the policy few days ago barely a few hours after he was sworn in for a second term in office, the governor has seen the compelling need to do the needful considering the prevalence of crimes and other related offences not just in Kaduna but across the federation.


Among the various governments in Nigeria, the el-Rufai’s has apparently made some key histories as regards tech-driven approaches. It would interestingly be recalled that Kaduna remains the first state in the country to conduct an election via e-voting system. Now, the same state is discussing installation of CCTV cameras across its localities.


Had it been this was actualized about three years ago when the government initially came up with the concept, the governor would have long ago been noted as a man of history regarding technological issues. As a seeming technology-friendly governor, el- Rufai is presumably not unaware that CCTV has proven beyond doubts to be one of the key measures in the contemporary global society that tackles organized crimes headlong. The role of the electronic device in the recent incidents of most criminal acts, such as armed robbery, in various financial institutions domiciled in the country can corroborate the above assertion.


In view of this, the governor shouldn’t be notified that the said motive of his government would result in a very commendable move if well implemented. It is, therefore, high time he started walking the talking taking into cognizance that such an idea has been in the pipeline in the state for years now.


He ought to expedite action to ensure that the needed machinery is critically assembled without further ado. It has overtime been noted that the governments at all levels in Nigeria are often fond of introducing sound and brilliant initiatives, but end up doing virtually nothing or little in the long run, probably owing to lack of willingness to expend the required fund on the conceived project. This kind of apathy is mainly attributed to lack of political will, and has in most occasions bedevilled governance in various quarters. Most of our leaders are usually unwilling to commit huge funds to critical capital projects initiated by them, but could easily expend such amount on outrageous issues.


Our political leaders ought to learn to differentiate between priorities and frivolities at all times. Sometimes, the major problem isn’t attributable to their inability to contrast between the two, but perhaps as a result of deceit. They should comprehend that leaders are celebrated by their achievements. Hence, as much as I laud this policy statement of el- Rufai, I enjoin the governor to treat its implementation as a priority, considering that Kaduna is reckoned to be one of the states across the country that are currently faced with myriad of security challenges.


Whatever thought that informed this intent of the governor must be truly appreciated by any discerning mind, because time has obviously arrived for us to fully inculcate technology in all our initiatives. It suffices to say that other governments are expected to emulate such a policy.


Nevertheless, I urge the governor to acknowledge that after the installations, if not properly monitored or operated, the CCTV project is liable to be abused in the nearest future due to hacking and lack of maintenance. It’s on this premise I suggest he contract eligible and reliable hands that would ensure the CCTV is not hacked by computer hackers. Similarly, steady electricity supply, via installation of Electronic Power Inverter (EPI), must equally be made available to power the CCTV monitors. This signifies that a powerful team comprising cognoscenti needs to be set up towards its sustainability measure. This very aspect ought to be considered as the most important part of the entire initiative if the government is out to initiate a result-oriented project. Making a sound policy is undoubtedly worthwhile, but implementing it aptly speaks more volumes. Think about it!

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