(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC says the Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre, ECC alongside five Information Technology projects by other agencies under the Ministry OF Communications and Digital Economy are ready for operations
The NCC’s ECC and the five IT projects were commissioned virtually by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Pantami said the projects were all connected to the country’s digital economy drive, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, unveiled by the President in November 2019.
According to him, Nigerians, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects, should take advantage of the opportunities, adding that he would continue to work with other ministries, departments and parastatals of government to ensure teething challenges facing ICT infrastructure deployment in the country are addressed in other to deepen digital economy.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and other heads of agencies under the Ministry, commended the Minister for promoting synergy among the agencies under his supervision.
According to Danbatta, “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.
The Executive Governor of Borno State who Chairman of the occasion, Babagana Zulum; as well as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and her counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who were guests of honour commended the ministry and its agencies for expanding the footprint of digital economy across the country.
Other projects commissioned are 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), are 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.
NCC had built ECC in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to support the Federal Government agenda of enhancing security of lives and property in the country.
Nineteen of the ECC have been activated while efforts are ongoing to extend it to other state.
Potential Impact: The project will promote and enhance public safety through the use of the 112 number, designated as the Universal Safety and Emergency Assistance Number for telephone services generally; encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment of a seamless, ubiquitous and reliable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency communications needs; offer the universal, toll-free emergency telephone access for members of the public in times of distress/emergency; and act as a one-stop shop for receiving distress calls from the public and dispatching same to appropriate Response Agencies Police, FRSC, Fire Service, Ambulance Service among other things.