Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past Governor of Kano State, has refuted reports claiming that his administration secured a N10 billion loan for the installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the Kano metropolis. He described the reports as misleading and untrue.
In a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, Malam Muhammad Garba, the Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs during Ganduje’s administration, stated that the story, attributed to a non-existent civil society organization called the Coalition of Political Analysis Forum and Governance, was aimed at discrediting the former governor. Garba asserted that the organization’s call for an investigation into why the money was not spent on the CCTV project was baseless.
Garba further challenged the organization to provide evidence of the alleged N10 billion loan, stating that they lacked knowledge about the project and were acting at the behest of their paymasters.
He clarified that when the previous administration conceptualized the project, it received formal approval from the State Executive Council and the State Assembly, recognizing its significance in enhancing security. However, a Federal High Court in Kano issued an injunction on July 1, 2022, restraining the government from obtaining the loan.
The former Commissioner also highlighted that on July 19, the same court, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman, acknowledged being misled in the case by Yusuf Isyaku Rabi’u, the proprietor of another non-existent civil society organization called Kano First Forum, and subsequently discharged the restraining order.
Garba emphasized that despite the importance of the CCTV camera project in fighting crime and expanding security infrastructure, the loan facility could not be secured during Ganduje’s tenure, resulting in the project not being executed.
He revealed that the Ganduje administration had intended to carry out the project, recognizing its significance, and also cited a bill before the National Assembly, which had passed through the second reading at the time, that proposed making the installation of CCTV cameras in private buildings and offices mandatory.
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