NCC Receives, Process Over 1,500 Covid-19 Related Calls
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Communications (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has disclosed that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed through the Commission’s Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs).
In a statement issued by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Danbatta said the calls were received during the peak of the pandemic, across the country.
He disclosed this in Owerri, Imo State, when Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, commissioned an ECC facility, over the weekend.
According to him, “During the total lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECCs played a remarkable role by providing a platform for members of the public to seek lifesaving information or support and reporting COVID-19 related cases by dialling ‘112’ from any of the networks.
I am happy to report to you that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed by the ECCs in the peak of the pandemic.” Prof. Danbatta, said the ECC project, equipped with necessary Information Technology (IT) tools and personnel, is a one-stop shop through which members of the public can access help from any response agency. He noted that the centre is essentially aimed at enhancing the security of lives and property of the citizens.
He listed the response agencies to include the Nigeria Police (NPF), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Fire and Ambulance Services, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all its affiliate State Emergency Management Agencies, among others.
“We have no doubt that, if put to maximum use, and kept functional at all times, the ECC facilities will serve to complement the State Government’s efforts at enhancing the security of lives and property of citizens,” Danbatta said. Speaking during the tour of the ECC facilities, Dr. Pantami, thanked the State Government for giving the necessary support to the NCC to facilitate successful implementation of the project.
He pledged President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to support more initiatives aimed at achieving the tripartite agenda of Mr. President, which focuses on addressing security issues, improving the economy and curbing corruption