Tancoo questions delay in awarding CCTV contracts

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Tancoo questions delay in awarding CCTV contracts

Where are the contracts for more CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) cameras?

That’s the question raised by Oropouche West MP Davendranath Tancoo.

During the UNC’s Sunday morning media briefing, Tancoo said “Our country is experiencing the worse crime wave we have ever had in our history.  

He pointed out that in October 2021, the Ministry of National Security proposed and was approved by the Parliament to spend $31,950,000 in the award of a contract for connectivity to install CCTV cameras which the Minister of National Security declared was critical in the fight against crime.” 

However, Tancoo noted that 14 months after, the country was told that CCTV cameras were not installed “due to a delay in the award of the contract for connectivity” with no further explanation provided. 

“You will recall that in April 2022, the same Minister confessed that 733 CCTV cameras out of 1796 were not working. By the end of the financial year, he advised that 673 cameras were still not working or not working properly. But he claimed that his Ministry was in the process of upgrading and expanding the CCTV network,” he said. 

It’s 2023 and Tancoo said “not a word about the failure to award the contract. Not a word that after an entire year with record levels of murder, the government had chosen instead to use the money for CCTV to pay operational expenses.