Minister Commissions Emergency Communication Centres, 7 Digital Economy Project across Nigeria
In advancing the course for a digital economy, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has commissioned Seven Digital Economy Project across Nigeria and the Nigeria Communications Commissions (NCC), Emergency Communications centres in Enugu and Ogun state.
The Emergency Communications Centres, serve as clearing house for the handling of 112 Emergency Number, a useful national resource, serving the populace who may need help from any emergency response agency (ERAs) in times of any emergencies, especially in the areas of security, handling Covid-19 pandemic-related calls or other emergencies.
BizTech Africa, gathered that to date, ECC’s has been established in 19 states of the federation and the FCT. The centre plays a vital role during emergencies as they facilitate response for emergency agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire service, Ambulance Services, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and others by dialling 112 from any mobile network.
Speaking during the virtual project commissioning, Dr. Pantami said "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”.
L-R: Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)/Chairman, Ministerial Project Review and Commissioning Committee, Ayuba Shuaibu; Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Dr. Abdulaziz Aliyu; Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Dr. Abimbola Alale; Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Abdullahi; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami; Permanent Secretary in the Ministery, Festus Daudu; Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta and Postmaster General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr. Ismail Adewusi, during the commissioning.
Minister, also commended the agencies under his Ministry for joining hands in collectively advancing the course of digital economy which he is spearheading, stated that the projects are in line with the tripartite agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Other digital economy projects that were virtually commissioned by the Minister include the Community ICT Centre, Dutse, Jigawa State; Information Technology Hub at Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University, Bauchi; and Digital Economy Centres (DEC) in Imo State Polytechnic; Garki Secondary School, Abuja and Ojodu Grammar School, Ojodu, Lagos State. These five projects were executed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).