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Buhari commissions N1.2bn surveillance facility in Kaduna

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commissioned the N1.2 billion surveillance and monitoring system of the Command and Control Centre of the Kaduna State aimed at tackling the security challenges in the state.

The president commended the decision of the state government to commit a significant part of its  resources to including technology in the security architecture of the country.

He said surmounting security challenges in Nigeria requires intense corporation between the federal and state governments.

He said the aerial surveillance and monitoring system included a combination of fixed wind drones and higher resolution cameras that are put in several locations across the state.

Buhari  advised the management of the surveillance system to work closely with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Ministry of Defence to safeguard civilians and military air traffic.

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai said it took the state two years to commission the aerial system at the cost of  N1.24 billion.

He appealed to the president to support the state in securing the final approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for the full deployment of the system.