In Abuja: Reps Reveal How Nigeria Was Shortchanged In $470m CCTV Project

The House of Representatives committee investigating the $470m Close Circuit Television (CCTV) project came out with some startling revelations.

The committee claims Nigeria was short changed by the Chinese firm- ZTE, that handled the project.

According to Punch, the committee said “The contract for the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja and Lagos by the Ministry of Police Affairs is part of a larger project titled, ‘Nigerian National Public Security Communications System, facilitated by an EXIM Bank of China loan.

“The CCTV camera installations are only an integral part of the entire project, which include the installation of 2,000 digital solar-powered cameras, 1,000 each for Abuja and Lagos; 37 switch rooms, microwave backbone; 37 coalition emergency response systems; 38 video conference subs-systems; 37 e-police systems; six emergency communication vehicles; and 1.5 million phone lines for subscribers to generate revenue.”

They added that the ZTE stopped working after collecting the sum of $100m.

The CCTV project was awarded during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure.

The open hearing started today, Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
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