NCC cre­ates emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tres in 18 states

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

The Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion has set up emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tres in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory and 17 states.

The states are Benue, Kwara, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Ogun, Ek­iti, Ondo and Oyo.

Oth­ers are Cross River, Imo, Enugu, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Anam­bra and Adamawa.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of the NCC, Umar Dan­batta, stated this at a se­cu­rity and emer­gency man­age­ment award event in Abuja, adding that the move was aimed at tack­ling se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the coun­try.

In a keynote address en­ti­tled, ‘Lever­ag­ing Emer­gency Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­tre for Na­tional Se­cu­rity’, Dan­batta, who was rep­re­sented at the event by the head of the cen­tre, Chuk­wuma Azikiwe, noted that the NCC was work­ing to make the coun­try a more se­cure place.

he said the com­mis­sion had pro­vided a toll-free emer­gency tele­phone short code for mem­bers of the pub­lic to use in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

he gave the toll-free emer­gency code as 112.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the cen­tres are one-stop shops for re­ceiv­ing dis­tress calls from the pub­lic and dis­patch­ing same to ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse agen­cies that are ex­pected to re­spond to the need of the callers.

The re­sponse agen­cies were given as the po­lice, Fed­eral Road Safety Corps, fire ser­vice, am­bu­lance ser­vice, among oth­ers.

Dan­batta ex­plained that the ECCS would pro­vide mem­bers of the pub­lic easy, ef­fec­tive and co­or­di­nated ac­cess to the agen­cies in times of emer­gency or dis­tress.

The NCC boss added that plans were un­der­way for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the cen­tres in other states in the coun­try, as well as a com­pre­hen­sive aware­ness cam­paign on how to utilise the ECCS across the coun­try.

Cur­rently, he said the com­mis­sion was work­ing with rel­e­vant agen­cies to en­sure ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of the cen­tres.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Cen­tre for Cri­sis Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Air Com­modore Yusuf Anas (retd), com­mended the NCC for estab­lish­ing the cen­tre.

Photo: Stan­ley Ogidi

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