The National Communications Commission (NCC) has completed an Emergency Communication Centre in Edo State to provide a system for prompt responses during emergencies.
NCC’s Director of Special Duties Department, Oluwatoyin Asaju, disclosed this at the weekend in Benin during a courtesy visit to Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Asaju said the centre is specially designed for responding to all 112 emergency calls and to direct each call to the appropriate agencies for prompt response.
“The 112 code is toll-free and once the code is dialled, it informs the appropriate agencies such as Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, of any incident that is reported within the state, he said.
According to him, the state government needed to take over management of the centre as well as the deployment of representatives of the various security outfits to the centre before it could be launched.”
He also appealed to the state government to provide dedicated power supply to the centre as the facility is operated with diesel, adding that the commission had taken charge of the training of personnel that will manage the Centre.
Responding, the governor, Obaseki represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Taiwo Akerele, said the partnership between NCC and the state has yielded a positive result.
He said his administration would leverage on the Emergency Communication Centre to improve the quality of life of the people in terms of rescue, emergency and recovery.
While assuring that the state government will take full ownership and maintenance of the centre, he said state Ministry of Communication and Orientation would educate residents on the operations of the Centre.