Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has contradicted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and National Security Minister, Hon. Albert Kan Dapaah, on the number of CCTV cameras that have been installed by government in its attempt to assist the police with fighting crime.

According to him, the Akufo-Addo-led administration has so far installed 10,000 CCTV cameras across the country.

“… we have installed 10,000 CCTV cameras since 2017. The cameras have helped the police to solve a number of crimes such as the arrest of suspects in a recent bullion van robbery. At the beginning of 2017, we only had 800 CCTV cameras in operation,” Dr. Bawumia stated during his lecture at Ashesi University yesterday.

Dr. Bawumia’s figures on the installation of CCTV cameras across the country contradicts figures given to Parliament by the National Security Minister, who appeared before Parliament yesterday, November 2, 2021, to respond to a question by Mr Peter Lanchene Toobu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, on the state of the CCTV installation project.

According to the National Security Minister, 6,500 CCTV cameras have so far been installed across the country — a figure which is different from what Dr. Bawumia mentioned in his lecture last night.

“To date, installation works of 6,500 cameras have been completed, with a little over 4,000 cameras powered and online, mainly in Accra, Kumasi and other regional capitals,” Mr. Kan Dapaah stated on the floor of Parliament.

He went further to indicate that the project, which targets the installation of 10,000, is likely to be completed by December 2021.

On the side of President Akufo-Addo, while speaking at the graduation ceremony of the 50th Cadet Officers’ Course at the Police Training Academy a month ago, he noted that his administration has managed to install 6,500 CCTV cameras across the country, a figure which again, contradicts what Dr. Bawumia mentioned yesterday in his lecture.

“By the end of the year, another three thousand, five hundred (3,500) would have been added, making a total of almost eleven thousand (11,000) in the country,” the president stated.



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