As part of efforts at ensuring improvement in the security and safety of lives and property of the residents of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, commissioned security apparatuses in the State, including an expanded coverage of the State’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance.
The new CCTV coverage area, which now stretches to the toll-gates at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Asejire end of the Ibadan-Ife Expressway, is to help in security as well as traffic management.
The CCTV project, which was started by the immediate past administration, only covered major red hot zones of the State which include, Beere, Molete, Oke-Ado, Challenge, Iwo Road, Agodi-Gate, Ojoo, Mokola, Mapo and Sango.
The Governor also commissioned a telecommunication mast to enhance signals and flow of communication from the cameras. Additionally, a control room was installed to replace the dependence on the use of internet which had been costing the State government N3.5million monthly.
Commissioning of the Oyo State Security Control Room
The commissioning of the expanded and refurbished Oyo State Security Control Room, City Watch Project and unveiling of the State Crime Alert Platform was held at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund, OYSTF, Headquarters, Onireke, Ibadan.
While noting that plans were underway to extend the coverage of the CCTV to other border points and far flung parts of the State, Governor Makinde said he was also committed to improving the welfare of the security operatives in the State, urging them to effectively use the expanded facility to curb rape, armed robbery and other criminalities in the State.
The Governor, who could not hide his delight at the improvement that had been achieved with the facility, revealed that he had planned to scrap the initiative upon assumption of office because of the way money had been spent, without corresponding results, by the immediate past administration, adding that the newly introduced Oyo State Crime Alert Platform would help in facilitating the emergency rescue of victims of crimes and criminalities.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security and Executive Secretary, OYSTF, Mr Fatai Owoseni, pointed out that the Crime Alert Platform would engender quick response of security agencies to crime locations, explaining that the CCTVs across the various locations had been upgraded and enhanced to enable security agencies pick number plates of vehicles, if the need arises, while also aiding traffic management.
Owoseni commended the Governor for his efforts at improving the security architecture across the State through various support and enhancement initiatives extended to the security operatives.
The event was attended by top government functionaries and State security commanders, among other stakeholders.