By Juliet Umeh
As part of its efforts to use technology in finding a lasting solution to killings in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has built an emergency number, 112 for the residents of Kaduna State and its environs to be able to get help in times of distress.
With the dial of 112, the person will receive appropriate emergency response from the agencies.
The Kaduna project, Emergency Communication Centre, ECC, which was commissioned, was part of six Information Technology projects by other agencies under the Ministry Communications and Digital Economy.
According to NCC, the move is aimed at supporting the Federal Government agenda of enhancing security of lives and property in the country.
Aside Kaduna, NCC had also built ECC in each of the 36 states of the federation
and the FCT. Nineteen of the ECC have been activated while efforts are ongoing to extend it to other states.
Speaking during the commissioning of Kaduna ECC project, which took place at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora District, Abuja recently, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, lauded the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for all the projects being commissioned concurrently under his Ministry and for promoting synergy among the agencies under his supervision.
Danbatta noted that the projects will help in leading the country into a truly-digital economy.
He restated the Commission’s commitment to ensure a robust broadband infrastructure in the country, to support government’s initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.
Also, Danbatta commissioned the Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre, TIKC in Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo executed by the Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, of NCC. Three other projects by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, IT Community Centre in Katsina and IT Hub each in Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria Main Campus, Kaduna and University of Lagos, were also commissioned.
The sixth project commissioned was the opening of Nigeria Communication Satellite NIGCOMSAT’s Northwest Regional Office in Kaduna.