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Child abuse: CCTV to the rescue

By blessing Onyeaka
Some FCT residents say installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) in homes can help reduce physical and sexual abuse of children.

Residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that with the increase in child abuse, it was advisable to install CCTV in homes.

Ms Franca Etinosa, a fashion designer, said she installed CCTV in her home to help monitor her children in her absence.

According to her, CCTV is my third eye because I am always busy in my shop.

“The cameras allow me to control my home, even when I’m away.

“I wouldn’t want to bring my kids to my workplace, so I let them stay at home with some of my relatives. I installed CCTV to allow me to monitor their activities from the store.

“With the cameras, I have full control of my house because even when I’m not there, everyone behaves well. They know I can call anytime or even come home if something is wrong, ”she said.

Etinosa also said that installing CCTV was his way of protecting his children from any form of abuse because no one could be trusted.

“With the way things are going in our society, everyone is suspect; including my relatives, my household staff, even their teachers.

“The rate of child abuse and abuse is alarming and I will not expose my children to such cases.

“Installing CCTV is the only way for me to keep an eye on them given my activity,” she added.

Ms Charity Abosi, a banker, said she installed CCTV, to prevent her domestic staff from physically abusing her children.

“I’ve heard about what nannies and housekeepers do to the children in their care and I don’t want to take any chances.

“My job requires most of my time and I wouldn’t want someone abusing my children while I was away, so I installed CCTV cameras to check on my household help,” she said.

However, some women recognized the importance of video surveillance in homes, but complained about the difficulties in installing the system.

Ms Mary Uwem, a teacher who resides in Kuje, said she would have loved to install the device but electricity was a major challenge in her area.

“We don’t always have electricity in my area, and it won’t be economical to spend a lot on gas. This device uses electricity, I can only envision it when we have a stable power supply, ”she said.

Another official, Ms Ezinne Mark, said she wouldn’t want to waste money on installing CCTV in her tiny apartment.

She said she still had control of her house, as she had few people living with her.

Mark said she would only consider the device when she moves into her own home.

“Right now I live in a two bedroom apartment and I only have one child and a housekeeper, so I think I can still watch them.

“It would be a waste of money to install video surveillance in this small apartment.

“Maybe when I move into my own house which should be bigger than this, I’ll put them in.” Then I will have more children to fear, ”she said.

However, a CCTV installer, Mr. Shadrack Maduabuchukwu, explained that the cost of installing CCTV varied depending on the type and number of cameras to be installed.

He specifies that the cost also depends on the number of cables used, the size, the nature of the building and the services of the installer.

Maduabuchukwu noted that there were cheaper cameras for those who couldn’t afford them, with sizes for all types of homes.

To limit electricity problems, Maduabuchukwu said there is solar-powered CCTV, which can guarantee 24-hour power supply.

He advised parents, especially those with busy work schedules, to install video surveillance, so they can keep tabs on their children.

“Basically there are CCTV cameras for everyone and for every building. Just tell us your budget and if that’s what we can work with, we’ll do the installation for you.

“If you are a parent and you are too busy to create time for your children, I will advise you to install video surveillance in your home, to help you watch over them,” he advised.

(NAN)

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