Nigeria’s economy will reap huge benefits from effective implementation of more information and communication technology-driven projects.
The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta stated this during the commissioning the Emergency Communications Centres [ECC] in Owerri, Imo State.
The centres were commissioned by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
However, Prof Danbatta explained that all the centres had received and processed over 1,500 COVID-19-related at the peak of the pandemic.
According to him each of the centres provided a platform for Nigerians who sought lifesaving information, support and reported COVID-19 related cases by dialling 112 from any of the networks.
“I am happy to report to you that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed by the ECCs in the peak of the pandemic,” he emphasized.
He added that the ECC project, equipped with IT tools and personnel, is a one-stop-shop where members of the public can access help from any response agency including the Nigeria Police (NPF), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Others are the Fire and Ambulance Services, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its affiliate state Emergency Management Agencies.
While restating NCC’s commitment to running the centres in the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Prof Danbatta explained that 19 centres have been activated in Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, and Plateau.
Other centres are located in Enugu, Benue, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Kogi, Anambra and Imo States and FCT.
“We have no doubt that, if put to maximum use, and kept functional at all times, the ECC facilities will serve to complement the State Government’s efforts at enhancing the security of lives and property of citizens,” Danbatta urged.
Dr Pantami expressed appreciation to the state government for supporting the NCC in order to facilitate the successful implementation of the project.
He assured of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to supporting more initiatives aimed at achieving his tripartite agenda of improving security, the economy and curbing corruption.
The Governor of the state, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, hosted the event and was attended by the Chairman, NCC board of commissioners, Prof Adeolu Akande; Chief Uche Onwude, NCC board member; Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), among others.