The broadcast space in the country may have a new operator soon as the Nigerian Police TV and Radio stations will start operations in January 2018. A representative of the force, Ono Akpe disclosed this in a presentation to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCMDB). In addition to this, the police will also launch an Emergency Response service next year.
Why the police is embarking on this ?
According to Okpe, the project would assist the police in fighting crime across the country, as well ass reduce unemployment throuugh the creation of over 20,000 jobs.
Details of the project
The project is expected to cost $500 million dollars and will be private sector driven. The police signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a private company Skytick International Limited. As part of the deal, the police will contribute land for the take off of the project in the 36 states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, while Skytick will provide the needed equipment. After 20years, the facilities will be handed over to the Nigerian Police.
Is Skytick a briefcase firm ?
Skytick international was recently indicted by a committee set up by the Presidency as one of the companies that failed to execute contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The company appears to have no website, which is strange for a company that has executed multi million dollar projects no a track record for similar projects. Is the Nigerian Police aware of the indictment ? How was Skytick International picked as a partner for the project ?
The Nigerian Police (formerly known as the Nigerian Police Force) was established in 1930 and currently has a work force of about 371,000.