To beef up security, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has signed an executive order for the compulsory installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) in public and private institutions.
In a statement, yesterday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Richard Olatunde, said it was a measure to prevent security breaches in the state.
He explained that: “This becomes imperative in the light of the increased insecurity in the country and the need to ensure the security of lives and properties in all public and private institutions and centres throughout the state.
“The executive order shall be enforced at all religious places, financial institutions, event centres, supermarkets, educational institutions, hotels/motels, guest houses, inns, restaurants, clinics and health centres, eateries, recreation or vehicular parks and other places regularly used by the public.”
According to him, the executive order is pursuant to Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which empowers the governor to issue such orders.
The order expects: “That the owners, occupiers, managers and operators of public/private institutions within Ondo State shall mandatorily install, use and maintain CCTV devices and other secret cameras to monitor and keep surveillance on the daily activities in their premises and especially monitor the ingress and egress of people/vehicles at the said places, venues and centres.
“That the installed CCTV devices apart from capturing all activities at the public/private institutions must also have data storage hardware and the data stored therein should be made available to security agencies whenever it is required. That public/private institutions shall employ and maintain well-trained security personnel who shall man the entry and exit points to their various facilities/premises.
“That where necessary, the owners and occupiers of public/private institutions shall erect a well-fortified perimeter fence with a security post at the entry and exit points.”