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PANTAMI INAUGURATES NCC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRES IN ENUGU, OGUN

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, The Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN, commissioned two Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) in Ogun and Enugu states.

The ECC is a Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) project aimed at facilitating communication between individuals to the respective agencies and emergency responders during an emergency. According to the NCC, all telecom operators are mandated to route emergency calls through the dedicated three-digit toll-free number, 112, to the resident ECC in a particular state, which then processes the distress call and contacts the relevant Emergency Response Agency (e.g. Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Fire Service, Ambulance Service, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)) whose primary duty is to handle the case.

The two ECC projects in Ogun and Enugu were inaugurated virtually by the Honorable Minister. They were part of the seven projects under batch nine(9) of digital economy projects commissioned by Dr. Pantami at the Digital Nigeria event, which took place at the Communications & Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja on Friday, April 23, 2021.

According to a statement by the Commission, the ECCs were established as part of the NCC's mandate to provide a national emergency number for the protection of lives and property of Nigerians. Thus far, functional ECCs have been established in 19 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. These are part of the achievements of NCC's Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

The other digital economy projects commissioned by the Minister are the Community ICT Centre in Dutse, Jigawa State; Information Technology Hub at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; and Digital Economy Centres (DECs) at the Imo State Polytechnic Nekede, Garki Secondary School in the FCT, and Ojodu Grammar School in Ojodu, Lagos State. These five (5) projects were executed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Speaking during the inauguration of the projects, The Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN, commended the agencies under his Ministry for their collaboration to advance the course of the digital economy, which he is spearheading. He reported that the projects are in line with the tripartite agenda of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The agenda, according to the Minister, entails economic development, curbing corruption and improving security in the country.

"It is the goal of the Federal Government to leverage ICT to address developmental issues in our country and that is what we have been doing in the Ministry by facilitating the development of Nigeria's digital economy targets through a number of policy and regulatory initiatives," Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by various stakeholders including, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr Festus Daudu; Prof Danbatta, the ECV/CEO NCC; Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Inuwa Abdullah (CCIE); and the Postmaster-General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr. Ismail Adewusi.

Others were Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Dr. Abimbola Alale; Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Dr. Abdulaziz Aliyu; and Secretary of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Mr. Ayuba Shuaibu, who is also Chairman, Project Review and Commissioning Committee.