Emergency Communication Centres in states where the facilities were currently non-existent will soon be activated, the Nigerian Communications Commission said on Wednesday.
The commission stated further that state governments had been calling on the commission to establish the centres in their states, as this was in recognition of the significance of the facilities.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta, stated this while receiving two international recognitions which the commission got from the International Public Relations Association and the African Public Relations Association.
Danbatta noted that with 19 ECC’s already established in 18 states of the federation and Abuja, the centres played vital roles during emergencies as they facilitated responses from emergency response agencies whenever 112 was dialled from any network.
He outlined the response agencies to include the Nigerian Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, fire and ambulance services and the National Emergency Management Agency.
The NCC boss was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, as saying, “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.