NCC outlines ECCs’ roles in promoting public safety
The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that the activation of Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) across the country is making far-reaching impact and enhancing the Federal Government’s drive to improve security of life and property.
According to Danbatta, at a time the country is faced with security issues and many more life-threatening incidents, including the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the ECCs established by NCC across the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been central to saving lives.
With 19 ECCs already established in 18 states and the FCT, Danbatta said “the centres play a vital role during emergencies, as they facilitate response from emergency response agencies such as the police, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire and Ambulance Services, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and others by dialing 112 from any network.
The NCC has received recognitions from the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and the African Public Relations Association (APRA) in acknowledgment of the transformational role of the ECCs in providing succour to Nigerians in emergencies.
Danbatta, while receiving the two awards yesterday from the Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who had received them on behalf of the EVC, expressed appreciation for the recognition by the two international organisations.
“The IPRA Golden World Awards (GWA) 2020 won by the commission and the APRA Certificate of Excellence to the commission were for its harmonised emergency number, 112, and the construction of ECCs across the country, as well as for the efforts in leveraging the ECCs for national security.
“On behalf of the board and management of NCC, I count these recognitions as very important to the commission, as they underscore our collective effort towards aligning our regulatory activities in enhancing the security situation in the country,” he said.
The EVC informed that the ECC had transformed lives and helped many in handling emergencies. He stressed that it was having positive impact on lives, improving security and providing jobs for Nigerian youths.
“Because of the recognition of the important role the ECC is playing in states where we have activated them, many states are asking us to come and activate their ECCs. Serious work is ongoing in this regard, as we know that this important life-saving facility supports security architecture in the country, Danbatta added.
The ECCs were activated as a one-stop shop for receiving distress calls from the public and dispatching same to appropriate Emergency Response Agencies (ERAs) for timely response and resolution of distress.
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