October 22, 2021

Osun State government has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission for helping the State with an emergency toll free short code, which will help tackle issues bothering on security in the State.  Speaking at the Information Communications Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) Expo, 2018 organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lagos.

The Honorable Commissioner for Innovation, Science & Technology, Osun State, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye, said the State is on the verge of unveiling a technology solution that will be accessible to Osun State residents in times of emergency.  The solution he said will be an unmanned aerial vehicle that will interface with the call center through a short code, which has been provided by the Telecom Regulator.


Honorable Commissioner for Innovation, Science & Technology, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye Photo Credit; Martin Ekpeke (IT Pulse)


The Commissioner further explained that the unmanned aerial vehicles, which are attached to camera will ensure all live-stocks in the State have an Identification number, allowing farmers to immediately send SMS to the first three digits to the short code with prompt response from the call center. The solution, which will be unveiled soon, was designed, built and implemented in Osun State in tandem with the local content policy of the federal government.

The Honorable Commissioner added that apart from checking herdsmen excesses, the solution will also be used for other services such as ambulance services, because in the call center you have linkage to the Army, the Police, and the security operatives.


Engineer Omowaiye, said the infrastructure to support the initiative has been developed by the State Government in partnership with other the private sector. “We have done a lot; we have the infrastructure. We are working in the area of power; of course, the major challenge IT has in Nigeria is power. So, we are working on power generation in the State. One thing that is key is for the companies operating in the environment to pay tax. Most of them don’t pay. What is coming from Abuja is not enough to carry out these projects, especially the investments we have done in infrastructure,” he emphasized.

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