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Oyo State Government Installs CCTV Cameras, Street Lights At Black Spots

Oyo State Government has commenced the installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at some black spots and business districts in Ibadan metropolis.
Mr Femi Adedipe, Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust
Fund (OYSSTF), disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan.

The state government had embarked on the project as part of measures to enhance the security architecture of the city.
Adedipe said that the state government had announced the
introduction of call centres and toll free lines through which security agencies could avail security information from the public at no cost to them.
He stated that government had also commenced the collection of
security levy from business premises, churches, mosques and corporate organisations in the state, with an estimated income of about N2b annually.
Oyedipe added that government has commenced a project
christened “Light Up Ibadan” through which street light would be
installed in major roads within the city.
According to him, all these are parts of the Safe City Project being
executed by the state government to enhance the security
apparatus of the state in terms of logistics.
“It will also enhance technical capabilities as well as nip crime and
criminality in the bud.”
He stated that the CCTV cameras had already been installed in
some areas in Ibadan metropolis, adding that the project would
soon be extended to other areas and business districts in the city.
The Executive Secretary said that the security levy, which was
expected to be collected had already taken off in four local
government areas of Ibadan.

Oyedipe listed the local government areas as Ibadan North-East,
Ibadan North-West, Ibadan South-West and Ibadan North.
He commended the affected corporate bodies for their response
rate to the clarion call by the government for them to partner with
it in its efforts at providing adequate security for the lives and
property of the citizenry.
“It is apparent that no government can single-handedly shoulder
the huge responsibility of funding security.
For this reason Gov. Abiola Ajimobi-led administration decided to
set up Oyo State Security Trust Fund in 2012.
“This is to serve as an avenue through which funds could be
raised for the improvement of the security architecture of the state.
“It is also in furtherance of this that government introduced one
per cent security tax on all the contracts executed on behalf of
state government.
This has also assisted the Security Trust Fund in the past years.
“I am convinced that by the time the security levy is spread to all
the local governments across the state, close to N2 billion would
be raked in annually to complement government’s efforts,” he said.
Oyedipe pointed out that a large expanse of land had been set
aside at the Trans Amusement Park in Ibadan for the sighting of
solar power for the ‘’Light Up Ibadan’’ project .
He said that the project would gulp about N750 million.
He also said that the project is in phases, adding that it had
received a boost from the CBN through the donation of N50 million
while other commercial banks also assisted with the sum of N250
million.

The Executive Secretary said that OYSSTF had donated 2,000
safety helmets to commercial motorcycle riders across the state.
According to him, OYSSTF has also embarked on regular repairs of
operational vehicles of the various security agencies and the state
security outfit codenamed ‘’Operational Burst’’ to enhance their
efficiency.
He assured the people that the government would continue to do
its best to ensure security of lives and property through a well
coordinated security arrangement and public-private partnership in
security funding.

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