Nigerian government
continues to device ways of
combating insecurity, a former
Nigerian Ambassador to South
Korea, Ambassador Desmond
Akawo, believes the installation
of Close Circuit Television,
CCTV, cameras is the way
Akawo, who is the
administrator of the Greater
Port Harcourt City Authority,
in Rivers State, stated this, while
speaking at a forum organised
by the correspondents’ chapel of
the Nigerian Union of Journalist,
Rivers State chapter.
Akawo, who said that the
Rivers state government would
install CCTV cameras in the
Phase One ‘A’ of the Greater Port
Harcourt City, argued that with
adequate monitoring, security
men can easily catch-up with
“Security is no longer an issue
of baton and gun; security is
digital. I can tell you, if you
install camera here and you
instruct your security man
don’t collect bribe from anyone,
anybody who wants to hand
over bribe to your security man,
the man will say please, my
boss is watching me. There is
“So, one of the things I have
discussed with my board and
they have agreed that we must
do in Phase 1A of Greater Port
Harcourt City, is that we must
install cameras on the streets to
assist our security agencies so
that once you enter that area,
nobody needs to follow you at
the back.”
“Just like what has happened
in Abuja which did not really
succeed, once you have cameras
on the streets, most of these
people who commit crimes
are not spirits, they are human
beings. If you are walking on
a road and your intention is to
get to somebody’s house to rob,
people would have sighted you
from the camera.
“So, close circuit television
(CCTV) cameras are the major
equipment that we need in
most of our cities. For Greater
Port Harcourt Phase 1A, it is
equipment we have agreed to
The GPHCA administrator
also stated that the Greater
Port Harcourt CCTV camera
installation will be a replica of
the cameras in Seoul, capital
of South Korea, where such
installations have successfully
help in checking crime and
“If you go to Seoul, South
Korea, you see small cubicles
and you wonder what are those
cubicles for. They are like small
kiosks and you will see and old
man with a TV camera in his front
and a telecom. What is he doing?
Once you leave the airport to get
to your hotel, maybe about three
or four kilometres, somebody is
monitoring you until you enter
your hotel room.
“Behind most of the cameras
in Korea, you see old men and
I asked why, I was told it is only
the old men who are patient
enough to sit there. If you put
young people, they will not have
the patience to sit and monitor
“So, if you take ex-service
men and put them into rooms,
provide televisions where they
watch the screen; all they are
watching is the movement of
people. What is their duty? Once
they notice a strange person,
they will call the next camera
man close to that person and
then, they will raise an alarm”,
he stated