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Kogi, Chinese firm partner on $60m smart security architecture

By Odita Sunday and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
30 November 2022   |   5:27 am
Kogi State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese investors for the provision of a first-of-its-kind high technology security architecture that will capture movements in and out of the state from a control centre.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello (fifth right), with state officials and representatives of Hytera, the Chinese firm that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state to provide high technology security architecture, in Lokoja…yesterday. PHOTO: ODITA SUNDAY

State targets N591b investment in five months

Kogi State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese investors for the provision of a first-of-its-kind high technology security architecture that will capture movements in and out of the state from a control centre.

The Chief Executive Officer, Kogi State Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnership Agency, Abdulkareem Siyaka, at a two-day workshop on ‘Kogi State Mission Critical Support System: A 21st Century Integrated Smart State/Security Architecture’ in Abuja, disclosed that the move was part of efforts to decimate criminal elements in Kogi and neighbouring states.

Governor Yahaya Bello, during the opening of the workshop vowed to give the enemies of the state a tough fight and smoke them out of the bushes. The project, estimated to gulp millions of dollars, will be financed by Chinese firm, Hytera, with a repayment schedule to begin after three years of installation.

In sealing the laudable security deal, all stakeholders, including the Army, Navy, Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and local vigilantes were carried along.

The Guardian gathered that the project was expected to create over 685,000 jobs, attract over N591 billion investment yearly, while also encouraging migration to rural areas in the state.

Siyaka revealed that the state had acquired a 5G licence from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). He said: “We are putting the whole state on the map, real-time, virtual, audio and visual; so anywhere you enter Kogi from, even through the bush, we will see you. I won’t go into much detail because of the sensitivity of the architecture. But a command centre will control the components.

“The idea is that the moment you come into the state, driving, walking, talking or have a metal object, we will be able to pick it and intercept you using our field personnel on the ground.”

Describing Bello as futuristic in everything, the KOSIPA added: “He is not a leader that jokes with security. That is why we are number one in that area today.

“He knows that, to develop Kogi, he will need to be ahead of criminals by using Artificial Intelligence (AI), by using super crime-fighting infrastructure. We are bordered by 11 states that we don’t have control over; so the best way to arm ourselves is to go into this kind of project.”

Bello, while declaring the workshop open, said he was confident that the project, which would be driven by 5G network and a 30-megawatt gas-powered electricity plant to be built by an American company, would not only ensure a safer Kogi, but would improve economic and infrastructural development, greatly.