Zamfara Governor ‘Spent Billions On CCTV Cameras’ Yet Bandits Made Him Shut Down Mobile Phone Services— Angry Resident

A resident of Zamfara state who spoke on situation of anonymity has lambasted the state authorities over the present state of insecurity which resulted within the suspension of telecoms companies by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The resident, who spoke with SaharaReporters, mentioned the state authorities spent over N3 billion on the set up of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in 2020 in some elements of the state to combat insecurity however had did not sort out banditry with it. 

Zamfara Governor 'Spent Billions On CCTV Cameras' Yet Bandits Made Him Shut Down Mobile Phone Services— Angry Resident 2

He lamented that the drastic measure taken by the federal government lately has affected numerous individuals who work remotely with the help of web connection.

The aggrieved younger man mentioned if the state authorities had been utilising the CCTV cameras put in, the scenario wouldn’t have gone so bitter to warrant a complete disconnection ‘from the surface world’.

In 2020, the state authorities put in CCTV cameras in some elements of the state, a venture that price billions of naira. 

Zamfara Governor 'Spent Billions On CCTV Cameras' Yet Bandits Made Him Shut Down Mobile Phone Services— Angry Resident 3

Tweeting about it on July 1, 2020, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Zamfara State Governor, Abdulwali Anwar Tahir, mentioned, “His Excellency Dr. @Bellomatawalle1 MoN has brought Gusau the Zamfara State capital a step further to modernization by procuring & installing CCTV cameras in strategic positions. This he did in order to increase & upgrade the security & surveillance within the metropolis.

“This will assist the safety companies to watch totally different conditions or happenings in & across the State capital. Hopefully, different Local Government Headquarters can have theirs.”

This will help the security agencies to monitor different situations or happenings in & around the State capital.

Hopefully, other Local Government Headquarters will have theirs. 2/2

— Abdulwali Anwar Tahir (@AbdulwaliTahir) June 30, 2020

But the confused resident told SaharaReporters: “What is the usefulness of the CCTV installed at such a huge amount of money when banditry is still thriving? Zamfara state government spent N3.2 billion on CCTV installation for the sake of security.

“Yet, bandits kill people and kidnap people, burn houses and destroy property the way they want. That is why we are asking: what is the advantage of the CCTV installations when they have not brought any change or any improvement to society? 

“Though they claimed they arrested the former governor of the state that time who was contacting bandits but we’ve not really heard anything else from the project. Now, they want to stop telecoms operators from operating, what difference will it make? There are lots of people who work remotely here in Zamfara whose jobs will be affected.”

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters gathered that base stations, as of Sunday, have been shut down by GSM operators in Zamfara following the latest directive by the NCC that every one telecoms websites within the state ought to be suspended over rising insecurity.

On Friday, Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission in a letter to all telecoms operators mentioned the motion was one of many methods taken by safety operatives in curbing banditry ravaging the state.

In the memo signed by the NCC and directed on the telcos, the suspension of companies would final between September 3 via September 17 within the first occasion.

The fee had additionally mentioned the directive was to allow related safety companies to hold out required actions in the direction of addressing the safety problem within the state.

A duplicate of the memo despatched to Globacom, considered one of Nigeria’s telecoms corporations, partly learn, “The pervading safety scenario in Zamfara State has necessitated an instantaneous shutting down of all telecommunications service within the state from right this moment September 03, 2021.

“This is to allow related safety companies to hold out required actions in the direction of addressing the safety problem within the state, in keeping with the requirement, Globacom is hereby directed to close down all websites in Zamfara State and any website(s) in a neighbouring state that would present telecommunications service in Zamfara State.

“The website shutdown is for 2 weeks (September 03 – 17, 2021) within the first occasion. Your pressing motion on this regard is required.”

Checks by SaharaReporters on Sunday confirmed the directive had been adopted by telecoms operators as all its sources within the state couldn’t be reached on the cellphone. 

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