$470m Security Project: Reps Probe Will Vindicate Us – ZTE

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Telecommunications giant ZTE, has expressed confidence that the current probe into the $470 million National Public Security Communication System (NPSCS) project will finally put to rest all public misconceptions about the project.

The House of Representatives recently said it would probe the circumstances surrounding the police project that would have put close surveillance cameras on Nigerian highways and inner city streets which till date is yet to fully take off despite the billions of dollars committed to it by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

ZTE managing director, Mr Hao Fuqiang, said “We welcome this probe because we are sure we will come out clean. We have consistently maintained that the project was fully completed and final tests completed. The acceptance certificates are available for scrutiny.

“We are also proud that we built and delivered one of the most sophisticated security communication tools for the Nigerian government and Nigerian people. We believe the probe will unravel why the equipment were left unutilised and allowed to waste.

“Though this is the third time this project is being probed, we welcome it and will give full cooperation to the committee because it is an opportunity for us to state our own side of the story. We hope that the government will do all within its powers to resuscitate this very important project” said the ZTE boss.

The former managing director of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Engineer Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai had told the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the award of CCTV cameras in Abuja and Lagos during the public session that the project was fully completed by ZTE but that the federal government failed to operate and maintain it.

Ahmed-Rufai said “We had a team of 25 engineers that went to every location to verify different stages of the project. We issued Acceptance Certificates after which payments were made to the contractor. There were milestones that were all carefully and professionally observed by the project implementation team.

“As the project consultant, I stand by every payment that was made and every decision taken on the project. The project was completed, tested and every component was working” he said.

The former managing director of NigComSat said “It is erroneous for anyone to call the project a CCTV project because the Video Surveillance System (VSS) is even less than eight per cent on the project. There were five components and they were all completed. We need to be straight in how we discuss this issue.”

He said “They had to power down the backbone for the communication system because government was not forthcoming in maintaining and operating the system. It is a complete communication system, there were phones for security agencies, they were special phones for security agencies which some people decided to lock up somewhere.

“There were emergency communication vehicles, they were all delivered, People were trained, from the police and other agencies but somehow some people decided not to operate the system. Those cameras depend on a backbone that has over 670 base stations. Those BTS has to be powered for the cameras to work. The project is like someone who bought a brand new car but refused to sell it, Ahmed- Rufai said.

According to Fuqiang, the NPSCS project is made up of five components or subsystems namely: Global Open Trunking Architecture (GoTa) Sub-system: This is the dominant component of the system. It is a CDMA based Voice and data telecommunications system with national coverage. It operates through 2Nos Mobile Switch Centre (MSC) with one each in Lagos and Abuja, 12Nos Base Station Controller (BSC), 675 Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and 21 Microwave repeaters. The GoTa system supports the deployment of 1.5 million subscriber lines.

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