The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano will tomorrow play host to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the inauguration of Closed-Circuit Cameras (CCTVs) acquired by the state government to be installed in three cities of the state namely: Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.
Known as Smart City Project, the CCTV cameras will later be extended to other communities of the state.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C. Don Adinuba described the gadgets as modern, procured by the governor in continuation of his fight against crime.
The ceremony will also mark a second phase of the state war against crime code-named ‘Operation Kpochapu’ which translates to “Operation Wipe Out Crime.
According to Adinuba “The Smart City Security Project was inspired by the governor’s visit to Massachusetts, United States, in October, 2018, when he toured places like the Cambridge Innovation Centre, Boston University and Industrial Video and Control in Boston.
” He was struck by, among other things, the sophisticated surveillance cameras from Industrial Video and Control, developed in conjunction with researchers at the Cambridge Innovation Centre and other research centres in Massachusetts.
During the ceremony, 109 vehicles which have been procured and equipped with state of the art electronic devices to work in unison with the super smart gadgets will also be launched.
Adinuba said that already a select police officers have been trained to man the 49 pickups manufactured by Innoson Manufacturing Company in the fleet.
The pickup vehicles will operate with the sophisticated CCTVs and the equipment in the new vehicles, he said.
These equipment were procured, Adinuba said, because the state government needs to use advanced technology to provide security to the people and in return boost the economies tremendously.