Lagos moves to boost revenue, enhance security, traffic management with 2,000 CCTV cameras
Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic nerves plans to deploy about 2,000 intelligent CCTV cameras within the state this year in a bid to enhance security, traffic management and boost its revenue generation.
According to the state Commissioner of Finance, Rabiu Olowo at a briefing on Thursday, the cameras will be positioned “in strategic locations around Lagos and leverage technology to enhance security and traffic management in the State.”
“It will also enhance our revenue generating capabilities,” Olowo said at the briefing apparently in response to various suggestions that the state could boost its revenue generation using technology to capture traffic offenders for fine payment of fines.
A tech expert said recently that the state can generate billions of naira in revenue by annexing the power of technology to capture traffic offences on its roads and issuing tickets to raise substantial revenue as done elsewhere.
“The Smart City Project is targeted at deploying about 2000 intelligent cameras (with number plate and facial recognition capabilities) in strategic locations around Lagos and leverage technology to enhance security and traffic management in the State,” Olowo told the briefing comprising journalists, civil servants, analysts and members of the business community.
He said the state intends in addition deliver a 3000km metro-broadband fiber infrastructure to further enable the smart city initiative under an ongoing PPP agreement.
Also, he disclosed that the state budgeted N146.93 billion for the Education sector.
“This figure is N10.83 billion higher than the 2020 provision of N136.10 billion,” the commissioner said.
The allocations in the budget, he said would be deploy for the construction of 24 schools and renovation of 134 schools within the 6-education districts in the state.
“Provision of furniture for both Primary and Secondary schools in the state.
“Provision of equipment for science laboratories and Eko Excel project for the remaining 239 schools,” the commissioner stated.
He also disclosed that a budgetary provision of N167.80 billion has been provided for the construction and maintenance of roads and other infrastructures within the State.