As government continues to do everything within its capacity to battle the deadly covid-19 scourge in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has made available Emergency Communication Centres, ECC, via which citizens can reach the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in case of any emergency relating to the novel coronavirus.
The Commission Tuedsay announced that Nigerians can access the NCDC through the any of the eighteen Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) built across the country.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari last week launched the Emergency Communication Centre located in Abuja and also commissioned an emergency Toll Free Number 112 .
Speaking at the event, the President emphasized that the commissioning of the Toll Free Number 112, which will soon be deployed nationwide, further demonstrates our resolve to keep Nigerians safe. We have taken advantage of Digital Technologies to ensure that Nigerians in distress, are only a dial away from the relevant emergency response institutions in the country.
On the ECC, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Danbatta said, NCC facilitated the establishment of 18 ECCs in 17 states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in line with the Commissions mandate under section 107 of Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.”
He added that, This is to promote and enhance public safety through the use of a particular number designed as the universal safety and emergency assistance number for telephone services generally; and to encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment throughout Nigeria of seamless, ubiquitous and reliable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency communication needs.
“The recognition of the significant role of NCCs ECC in enhancing security, resulted in the awards received by the Commission and its CEO in 2019. Consequently, the NCC has also been inducted into the Forum of Spokesperson of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), as an eloquent testimony to its commitment to leveraging new technologies to address the nations numerous security concerns, Danbatta said.
While addressing journalists in Abuja, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, said “The Emergency Communication Centres have already been commissioned and as such if there are calls to the Centres on the CORONAVIRUS epidemic, the agents will transfer the calls to the appropriate responders, in this case NCDC for necessary actions”.
The reassuring statement from NCC came few hours after the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialised agency of the African Union in the field of telecommunications, has put together a set of guidelines to assist in combating the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that every Member State should consider.