Danbatta: NCC’S Emergency Communications Centres, Enhancing National Security

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The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has stated that the NCC’s Emergency Communications Centres (ECC) are enhancing and promoting citizen’s security and national security.

Danbatta said this while delivering a goodwill message at the 17th edition of All Nigerian Editors’ Conference at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre, Abuja.

The focus theme of the conference organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors is, “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus”.

According to the EVC, 24 ECCs, which are currently operational in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, processed about 34 million calls bordering on security and emergency issues in the first eight months of 2021.

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Danbatta who noted that the media have always been in the vanguard of advocacy for values that are ennobling, edifying and unifying, urged the media professionals to continue to play their watchdog role professionally and ethically, as a rallying point for unity and security in the country.

He added that accurate, unbiased reporting of national issues, especially those bordering on conflict and security matters, would promote economic development, fight corruption and ultimately improve security of lives and property in the country.

Danbatta, assured that the NCC is contributing to improve national security in the country through the establishment of ECCs, which offer a lifeline to citizens in times of distress.

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“In addition to the 23 already established and functioning ECCs, the Commission will soon activate ECCs in nine (9) more states, and also plan to inaugurate similar project in the remaining four (4) states by end of 2022, in keeping with Federal Government’s directive,” he said.

The EVC noted that in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic crisis in Nigeria, over 1,500 calls connected to COVID-19-related incidents were received and processed by the Centres.

“The Centres provided a platform for members of the public to seek life-saving information and support with regards to COVID-19 related cases by dialing ‘112’ from any of the networks. More remarkably, Nigerians have become more aware of and are using the 122 Emergency Number. Between January and August, 2021, about 34 million calls were made by Nigerians, who were seeking succor during emergencies or under other security threats and unrest within their communities,” he added.

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He reiterated the Commission’s commitment to implementing various national digital economy policies and regulatory frameworks aimed at deepening digitization, in order to further democratize access to communication facilities by the citizenry.

Recently, the Senate passed a bill to establish the Nationwide Emergency Communications Service, with 112 as primary toll-free emergency number for the country, in recognition of the importance of NCC’s emergency center projects to national security and economic growth.

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