Youths to get employment under ECC, says NCC
Beyond providing essential emergency response services to the Nigerian public,
the Emergency Communications Centres (ECC), which is being implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) now provide employment opportunities for many Nigerian youths and professionals, as well as giving information about business activities to the citizens across the Country.
The ECC’s, which has been constructed and they are now fully in service a total number of 27 State Capitals across the country, who are always reachable on Toll-Free Number 112, and are service is design like the 911 Emergency Numbers in some developed parts of the world, to provide guidance to individuals, who are witnesses or under distress of emergency, arising from fire outbreaks, robbery or violent attacks, domestic and road accidents, health crisis, to instantly reach response agencies through the toll-free three (3) digit numbers, 112.
Four more centres are currently undergoing test-runs to commence services in September 2023, to bring the total to 31, while another set of four are expected to come into operations before the end of the year.
The Commission provided technology platforms such as Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems for the respective response agencies such as police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ambulance Service, and State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) to ensure the dispatch of emergency calls through the national emergency toll-free number 112.
The three-digit code was designed to enable citizens that are in a emergency situations can easily recall the three-digit code, 112, to report any emergency situations.
The ECCs agent has have been trained, and equipped with the state-of-the-art communications equipment, including digital radio and Internet-protocol (IP) and geo-location technologies to enable responders to easily identify location of the incidents for effective and efficient delivery of rescue services to the public.
Emergency Centre services in Nigeria are available, live, 24 hours of the day as the agents run in shifts to ensure that services are delivered at all times of the day.
The agencies for responding to, such as the Police with round-the-clock duties to prevent, stop and arrest crimes, are now being provided with additional mobile communications devices, which are installed in their offices, to enable them to instantly receive information from call agents at the centres.
This is also to ensure that those in top position of the force are provided with instant informations for command and control over emergency situations or incidents across the country.
As the ECCs assume more crucial roles in providing emergency communications services to the citizenry, they are also providing additional socio-economic responsibility of providing job opportunities to the citizens as each of the centres have staffs made up of Call agents, Facility/IT Staff, and Administrators.
The basic salaries of the staff of ECCs, have been carefully set by the Commission, to ensure that the jobs at the centres are attractive for the Nigerian youths, and other category of employees.
In effect, more than 1,200 youths are currently offered employment at the 27 operational centres across the country, while more will be employed as the additional 8 centres under different stages of completion become fully operational by 2024.
The Centres are also managed by indigenous Nigerian consultants who are engaged to provide total facility and operational management of the centres.