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NCC’s emergency communications centres enhance citizens’ safety, national security – Danbatta

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The Government Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has mentioned that the Fee’s Emergency Communications Centres (ECC) have change into a rallying level for the promotion of the safety of lives and property of residents.

He additionally revealed that the ECCs, 24 of that are presently operational in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, processed about 34 million calls bordering on safety and emergency points within the first eight months of the 12 months.

Danbatta made this disclosure whereas delivering a goodwill message on the seventeenth version of the All Nigerian Editors’ Convention which is ongoing on the Nigerian Air Power Convention Centre, Abuja. The theme of the convention is, “Media in Occasions of Crises: Resolving Battle, Attaining Consensus”

Talking on the convention, organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the EVC famous that traditionally, the media have all the time been within the vanguard of advocacy for values which might be ennobling, edifying, and unifying. Therefore, he urged the media professionals to proceed to play their watchdog position professionally and ethically, as a rallying level for unity and safety within the nation. He said that correct, unbiased reporting of nationwide points, particularly these bordering on battle and safety issues, would promote financial growth, battle corruption, and finally enhance the safety of lives and property within the nation.

Danbatta, nonetheless, said that the NCC is contributing to bettering nationwide safety within the nation by the institution of ECCs, which supply a lifeline to residents in occasions of misery. The EVC revealed that there are 23 states within the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with useful ECCs, and the centres have continued to have a profound constructive influence on the lives of Nigerians.

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“Along with the 23 already established and functioning ECCs, the Fee will quickly activate ECCs in 9 (9) extra states, and in addition plan to inaugurate comparable venture within the remaining 4 (4) states by finish of 2022, in step with Federal Authorities’s directive,” he mentioned.

The EVC famous that within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic disaster in Nigeria, over 1,500 calls related to COVID-19-related incidents have been obtained and processed by the Centres.

“The Centres supplied a platform for members of the general public to hunt life-saving info and help with reference to COVID-19 associated circumstances by dialing ‘112’ from any of the networks. Extra remarkably, Nigerians have change into extra conscious of and are utilizing the 122 Emergency Quantity. Between January and August, 2021, about 34 million calls have been made by Nigerians, who have been in search of succor throughout emergencies or beneath different safety threats and unrest inside their communities,” he added.

Only in the near past, the Senate, Nigeria’s nationwide higher legislative chamber, handed a invoice to determine the Nationwide Emergency Communications Service, with 112 as the first toll-free emergency quantity for the nation, in recognition of the significance of NCC’s emergency heart initiatives to nationwide safety and financial progress.

He reiterated the Fee’s dedication to implementing numerous nationwide digital financial insurance policies and regulatory frameworks aimed toward deepening digitization, as a way to additional democratize entry to communication services by the citizenry.

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