SAFE CITY PROJECT: Making Oyo state smartly secure

One legacy landmark of the present administration in Oyo state is a streak of success achieved with security. Securing lives and property, together with the prevention and curbing of crime is an aspect all and sundry agree that Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led government has aced, especially when compared to previous administrations in the state. A desire to consolidate this, is what birthed the “Safe City Project”.

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The Safe City Project is a proactive measure aimed at complementing all ongoing efforts at ensuring security in Oyo state, and it was commissioned weeks ago by Governor Ajimobi himself. The project will we see to the installation of CCTV cameras at strategic locations and major city centres within Oyo state, a technology proven to forestall crime and consolidate security.

Last week, the Oyo State government “SAFE CITY PROJECT” stakeholders gathered for a site survey at a major city center in the Beere-Oje-Mapo axis, atop Mapo Hall, for its Birdseye view of the city.

Stakeholders present for this ongoing project assessment include the state government pivots in Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF) and OYSG-ICT, the project contractors HUAWEI, and working partners on the project which include Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (IBEDC), Fast Deploy and MTN Nigeria.

In developed countries all over the world, thus technological and digital way of aiding security rose to prominence post the 9/11 terrorism attacks, and has since remained a key component of community security setup, it’s major advantages being boosting vigilance, providing intelligence, premptimg and preventing crime and promoting justice. These are the advantages the Oyo State government have decided to graft into its security efforts proactively, the first to do so in the southwest and probably in the entire nation.

The Executive Secretary of the OYSSTF, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Oyo State governor on Security, Mr. Femi Oyedipe, reaffirmed during the site survey that embarking of the Safe City Project is one of the many ways the government isn’t paying lip service to ensuring the security of indigenes and residents of Oyo state.

In his words, “These CCTV cameras will be the eyes of both the existing and new security apparatus set up by the government, to help them further monitor and curb insecurity and discourage crime. It is just a clear way to truly consolidate our efforts at ensuring that every life and property is secured, embarking on this project confirms government resolve to make our people live in peace”

In a similar vein, Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Niyi Ajao, stated at the site survey that the Safe City Project is another clear indication that the incumbent government is truly keen on keying into the gains of the digital age and technology to assure smart delivery of governance. He added, “this project will indeed boost the degree of vigilance and also directly promote justice in our communities”.

After installation, the CCTV cameras will all be linked to a control and command center where monitoring and reportage will be done on a daily, 24-hour basis.

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