From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has built a total of 18 Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) across the 36 states of Nigeria.
The commission said the centres will contribute positively in the present efforts of prompt dissemination of information against COVID 19 spread in Nigeria, as well as bridging the gap between distressed and emergency responses across other sectors of the Nigerian economy.
The NCC dropped this hints at its special day at the recent concluded 31st Enugu international trade fair.
In an address read by Mr Reuben Muoka, Head Economic Analysis on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta, he stated that all telecom operators have been mandated to route emergency calls through the dedicated three- digit roll free number112, from each state to the emergency center within the state.
His words: “The operators who are resident in the ECC will then process the distress call and contact relevant emergency response agencies. For example the fire service, the police, FRSC, etc whose primary duty is to handle the particular case at hand.
“As at roday,18 ECC are fully operational and functional across the six geo political zones of the country”.
Prof Danbatta said that the critical component to the overall socio economic well being of any nation and technological foundation for societal transformation rotates on the information technology.
He said the NCC is working very hard to increase the tele-density in Nigeria by ensuring that telecommunication services are obtainable in every part of the country is to increase”.