To improve security, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has made it mandatory for all public spaces within the FCT to be equipped with closed-circuit television cameras.
Umar Shuaibu, the coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), said this at a news conference on Wednesday and promised that going forward, the mandatory deployment of CCTV will be a condition of receiving construction permission in the region.
He also revealed that officers of the council would be going around the city to enforce compliance with the decision, expressing optimism that the use of CCTV would help the security agencies tremendously in fighting crime and criminality in the territory.
“We have made the announcement and we are making sure that we implement the decision to the later. Our major decision now is to make sure and we are going to inform everybody within the city and the entire territory to ensure that all public places have CCTV.
“There must be CCTV in all public premises in the FCT as from now and our officers will be going around to ensure the enforcement of this very important decision which is an of national security.
“When all areas are well covered we believe we are going to monitor whatever activities in the city and if there is any crime that wants to create havoc they are all going to be monitored by the cameras. It will go to help tremendously the security agencies in fighting crime and criminality in the territory,” Shuaibu said.
The coordinator also emphasised the need for all public buildings to provide effective fire-fighting equipment in the territory.
“This one is there in the provision for the approval of building in Abuja. You must have it before you will be allowed to build in Abuja,” he said.