Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i has stated that the state government believes that technology can enhance the hard work of the security agencies, being the reason why his administration is investing in modern technology.
El-Rufa’i stated this on Thursday at the Air Force Base, Kaduna during the commissioning of the Command and Control Centre of the Kaduna State Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring System.
PoliticsNGR reports that the governor received president Muhammadu Buhari ,who will be commissioning the project at the base in the company of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), HadizaUsman, the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed and other senior government officials.
The state government had earmarked over N2.55bn to procure CCTV cameras and drones, to provide adequate security cover in the state in 2017.
He pointed out that after careful assessment to invest in modern technology, the state government procured Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor every inch of the state and relay real-time information.
“This package includes fixed-wing drones and rotary drones, supported by cameras tethered in several locations across the state. The drones have night-time capacity and they are equipped with thermal cameras,” he explained.
The governor, who thanked president Buhari for agreeing to perform the commissioning of the system, added that his administration is counting on his support in securing the final approvals from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the full deployment of the system.
He later revealed that the aerial monitoring system being commissioned includes an Emergency Situation Notification System, designed to enable residents of Kaduna State to report security incidents to a toll-free number, after which the drones can then be deployed for appropriate monitoring.
“We are also awaiting approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission to deploy 911 as the emergency number,” he added.
He also called on the residents to respect each other, abide by the law, uphold harmony and firmly reject division and violence.