The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked Nigerians to make use of the Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) in the country, stressing that it is expanding the facility to every nook and cranny to facilitate rescue operations.
Beyond providing essential emergency response services to the public, the regulator said the centres equally provide employment placements for several youths and professionals, as well as offering informal business activities to the citizens nationwide.
In a statement, yesterday by the Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, the commission explained that the ECC are fully operational 27 state capitals and could be accessed via the toll-free number, 112, and work in a similar way like the 911 emergency numbers in developed parts of the world, to provide succour to distressed individuals and organisations.
NCC said four more centres are undergoing test-runs ahead of their commencement of operations next month, while another set of four would come on stream before th It disclosed that agents for the 24-hour service have been trained and equipped with state-of-the-art communications equipment, including digital radio and Internet-protocol (IP) and geo-location technologies to enable responders easily identify locations for effective and efficient delivery of rescue services.
The commission said more than 1,200 Nigerians have been employed at the 27 operational centres across the federation.