10,000 surveillance cameras for roads

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By CHRIS OCHAYI

To stem the violation of road traffic  regulations by motorists and other criminal activities in the country, the Federal Government has concluded plans to collaborate with a safety organization to install surveillance cameras in all the major highways across the country.

To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, would be signed this week between the government and the firm, Risk and Accident Prevention Society of Nigeria, RAPSON. The move will bring about the installation of 10,000 units of smart cameras and 13,000 sets of memory censors on the nation’s highways.

Disclosing this to newsmen in Abuja, Chairman of RAPSON, Mr. Ben Koko Odohofre, said the organization was set to employ 300,000 personnel to work on the project.

The RAPSON is an organization with the objective to save lives and reduce the toll of injuries and death resulting from accident and violence on roads.

Odohofre explained that a committee comprising the State Security Service, SSS, the Nigeria Police, Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIO, and Federal Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Justice and Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, would work with the organisation.

According to the Chairman/CEO, they, as a  private sector concern, would source the funds while  government would enforce the project.

“Government would fine offenders while the percentage of money realized from the fines would be shared between government and RAPSON. However government would provide its agencies which would drive the project. The police would arrest the offenders while we are asking the police for 5,000 men,”he added.

He disclosed that after the pilot study in 2003, the organiosation picked Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt  for the take off of the project while a retreat and action plan would be organized.

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