The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC says the National Emergency Number 112 established by the commission is providing succour to Nigerians in the nation’s efforts to fight the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, also known COVID-19.
Nigerians are able to call emergency response agencies/or first responders with respect to any issue they may want to report on the Coronavirus or other health-related issues and emergencies.
In a statement signed by the Director Public Affairs in NCC , Dr Henry Nkemmadu some states and federal government agencies are already leveraging the 112 National Emergency Number, whose calls are handled through the Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) established by the Commission across the country.
It states that the reason behind the ECC project is the to enable easy communication by Nigerians with emergency first responders such as Police, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Orientation Agency (NOA) among others, by dialing the three-digit toll-free Number 112.
According to the NCC, the ECCs with their operational 112 toll-free emergency number have been implemented in 17 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Aside FCT, beneficiary states of the ECC include Benue, Kwara, Plateau, Kaduna , Kano, Katsina, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Imo, Enugu, Anambra and Adamawa.
The Commission said efforts are ongoing to deploy the ECC facility in other states of the Federation.
”Today, the 112 National Emergency Number is fully available in all the aforementioned states and FCT and can be leveraged by Nigerians, as an alternate number to reach first responders at this period of COVID-19 when seeking help and assistance from applicable government response agency during emergencies.”
Already, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, identified the centrality of the 112 number towards handling citizens’ calls for help in this time of Coronavirus pandemic.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 19, 2020, unveiled the Abuja ECC facility and flagged off the 112 National Emergency Number .