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Sanwo-Olu Plans To Build Lagos Security Control Center With Over 2,000 Cameras, And Be Like Nairobi

The Oasis Reporters

December 14, 2019

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The East African nation of Kenya, has something in common. It’s economy is roughly close to the economy of the city of Lagos. But the city of Nairobi whose economy can be compared to just a district of Lagos, has something that Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu covets and that is a a modern security architecture.

Sanwo-Olu says his administration has put certain measures in place to improve the security situation in the state.

He revealed that by 2020, the state government would build a new control and command centre, as well as install over 2,000 cameras across the state.

Nairobi is one African country with a most modern security architecture with a robust command center. With a super camera coverage, be rest assured that big brother is watching your every move. But if your intentions are not criminal, you’re good to go !
Now Lagos wants it and rascally area boys need to watch their back.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday explained that this was part of his administration’s safety project.

He said, “One of the things that we realised that is happening everywhere in the world is that security is also going tech; you need a lot of devices to be able to monitor all of it.

“Next year, we are building what we call a new control and command centre as part of our safe city project, as part of our megacity security deliverables. We will have up to 2,200 high definition cameras across the state”.

The governor also gave an overview of his plan for the environment and called for measures to prevent a situation that could lead to a population explosion.

He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the government has been sending out officials in the middle of the night to sensitise those living in shanties across the state.

On the contrary, he noted that they have moved in to pull down slums under the bridges, only to find out that such structures were rebuilt shortly after.

The Governor said, “Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this.

“A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality”, reports Channels TV.

But can Lagos fund the safe city project with a huge debt overhang ?

Many say yes, because Lagos industrial complex and the economy at large is resilient and highly productive, making it one state that can function without dole money from the center as oil money largesse.

Additional reporting: Channels TV

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Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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