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Senate reinforces legal status for national emergency number 112

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The Nigerian Senate has taken additional steps to strengthen the authorized standing of the nation’s Nationwide Emergency Quantity 112, being carried out by the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) by way of its Emergency Communication Centres (ECC).

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The Senate Committee on Communications lately organised a one-day public listening to the place stakeholders gathered to make invaluable contributions and observations on two payments by the committee.

The payments embrace the Nigerian Postal Service Act (Repeal and Institution) Invoice, 2021 and the Nationwide Toll-Free Emergency Quantity (Institution) Invoice, 2021, being sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

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The emergency quantity invoice handed the second studying on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, and the current Senate public listening to on the invoice was to have intensive dialogue in the direction of making the invoice extra sturdy and to make sure a simpler, well-coordinated nationwide emergency quantity 112, when it’s lastly handed into legislation, just like the 999 emergency quantity in the UK and 911 in the USA.

Talking on the public listening to, Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, harassed the desirability of passing such a invoice into an Act of the Nationwide Meeting, including that the crucial position of communication within the modern-day, particularly in dealing with emergencies can’t be over-emphasized.

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Equally, the Chairman of the Senate Committee, Oluremi Tinubu, stated the invoice, when handed, will set up the Nationwide Toll-Free Quantity as a major emergency quantity and phone level for all emergency companies in Nigeria, thereby harmonizing the varied emergency numbers within the nation into one uniform quantity whereas, on the identical time, empowering the NCC to oversee and guarantee compliance.

Represented by his colleague, Senator Odebiyi Akinremi, Senator Amosun stated the invoice seeks to make 112 the Emergency Variety of Nigeria, stating that “it will allow residents have entry to fast and well timed response in respect of all types of emergencies reminiscent of highway accidents, fireplace outbreaks, housebreaking, medical emergencies and so forth’’.

Additionally talking, the Minister of Communications and Digital Financial system, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, recommended the Senate for organizing the general public listening to.

The Minister stated whereas the NCC had established practical ECCs throughout 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, efforts are in high gear to make sure ECC is established within the remaining 13 states of the Federation for the processing of the emergency calls by way of the 112 Quantity.

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