The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has commissioned the Emergency Communication Centres established by NCC in both Ogun and Enugu states
19 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have also benefited from functional Emergency Communications Centre projects (ECC).
The implementation of Emergency Communications Centre, has received greater momentum under Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission.
The two NCC projects were part of the seven projects inaugurated by the Minister during the virtual commissioning of the batch nine of digital economy projects for a Digital Nigeria, which took place at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja.
The Commission in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said the Emergency Communications Centres, are deliberate projects embarked upon by the Commission.
” We are pursuant to the mandate enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, to dedicate a national emergency number, and to ensure the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.
By simply dialing a dedicated toll-free Emergency Number, 112, citizens can easily receive timely succor in times of emergency from appropriate emergency response agencies (ERAs), such as the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Fire Service, Ambulance Service, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and so on.”
The Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Isa Ali Pantami, at the commissioning, commended the agencies under his Ministry for joining hands in collectively advancing the course of digital economy.
“The projects are in line with the tripartite agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The project will focus on the tripod of economic development, curbing corruption and improving security of the country.
It is the goal of the Federal Government to leverage ICT to address developmental issues in the country. “
During the commissioning ceremony, several dignitaries were present, such as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr Festus Daudu.
“Other personalities include, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Danbatta, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, and the Postmaster General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr. Ismail Adewusi.”
The Minister also comissioned other digital economy projects such as Community ICT Centre, Dutse, Jigawa State.
“Other projects include the Information Technology Hub at Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University, Bauchi; and Digital Economy Centres (DEC) in Imo State Polytechnic; Garki Secondary School, Abuja, and Ojodu Grammar School, Ojodu, Lagos State.
The five projects were executed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). “