By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has expressed his readiness to commence the deployment of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras across the state in October.
Mr Ambode, who made this disclosure on Friday, also said there were plans to link inner roads in the State to the Lagos Smart City Project.
“One of the cardinal areas in which we focus on is security in the State and we have realised that the manpower for policing the state is not sufficient if you look at the ratio of the policemen that we have to the citizens of the State.
“We have come up with an initiative which is an ongoing project and it is called the Smart City Project.
“In the area of security, we are going to be deploying CCTV Cameras to ensure that when you are sleeping, you have a guaranty that you are being watched.
“The present administration is interested in making sure that this city is safe and technology is one of the areas we are looking at by deploying CCTV Cameras which will be linked to our Command and Control Centre in Alausa.
“We are going to have an eye over Lagos and this is because of the importance this government is paying to security of lives and property,” the Governor said at the commissioning of roads in Coker Aguda area of the State, which were among the 114 newly constructed roads in the state.
Mr Ambode, who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, noted that security remained one of the cardinal objectives of his administration, and that technology will play a key role in securing residents.
The roads commissioned in the area were the 500 meters Bolaji Banwo Street and the 580 meters Opere Street through a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere Constituency 1, Mr Desmond Elliot.
The Governor warned that vandalism of public infrastructure would not be taken lightly, tasking community leaders in the areas where the new roads were built to take custody of them.
Mr Ambode promised that his administration would continue to carry out people-oriented projects to make life more comfortable for Lagosians.