The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has Set up Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) across 17 States of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) making it 18.
The Emergency Communication Centres are operational in Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Cross River, Adamawa, Kwara, Edo, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Benue State.
This was revealed during the weekend by the organization’s Executive Vice Chairman, Engr. Umar Garba Danbatta, at the maiden Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA) in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, while delivering a speech on: ‘Leveraging on Emergency Communication Centre for National Security’.
The commission said the toll-free emergency telephone shortcode (112) is for Nigerians to look for help in times of emergency and distress.
Other reasons include: “To provide a one-stop-shop for receiving distress calls from the public and dispatching same to appropriate Response Agencies (“First Responders”) who will respond to the needs of the callers.
“To provide easy, effective and coordinated access by members of the public to Response Agencies which includes; the Police, FRSC, Fire Service, Ambulance Service etc, in times of emergency/distress.
The Executive Vice Chairman, who bagged Goodwill Ambassador on Crisis Communication at the event, said that there are only three numbers to remember in an emergency  –  – , which he noted, eliminates the need to determine which emergency agency to call.
Represented by Chukwuma Azikiwe, Head of ECC, Professor Danbatta said: “There is no gain saying that the discourse on security situation is a topical issue and of national concern, which every citizen of this country is conscious of, as it affects our well‐being and tranquility.
As at year 2005, the then Honourable Minister of Communication set up a committee drawn from relevant key stakeholders (Public and Private Sectors) to develop a framework to which will facilitate the establishment of a well-coordinated nationwide public protection and disaster relief communication system for the country at large.
Speaking, the Centre for Crisis Communications (CCC) Executive Secretary, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd), said the body was willing to partner with NCC to ensure that the Emergency Centres functions effectively. He said “With our pool of experts in crisis communication and media management, we are sure to complement the efforts of NCC in this regard,” The Chairman, Panel of Jury for SAEMA 2019, Air Vice Marshal, Mohammed Audu-Bida, commended the NCC efforts in the management of crisis communication. Audu-Bida, who was represented by Mr. Mohammed Usman Shuwa, said. “Establishment of Centres is one the project that has always been dear to my heart. As the DG of NEMA I conceptualized the idea of having emergency communication centres in the federation at large. I therefore urge the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC Engr. Umar Garba Danbatta to go all the way in making sure that these centres functions efficiently as it will complement the efforts of the security and response agencies. Now that commission has set up the facilities, it should request the partnership of experts and professional crisis managers to help in boosting the strength of the centres.