Nigerians made 34 million emergency calls in 8 months

The calls were from Nigerians plagued by rising spate of insecurity.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta (Guardian)

Between January and August of 2021, some 34 million emergency calls were made by Nigerians, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta.

Danbatta made the disclosure at the opening of the 17th All Nigerian Editors Conference with the theme, “Media in Times of Crisis: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus,” which held in Abuja on Thursday, October 21.

The calls were mostly from Nigerians whose communities were facing security threats or crises.

The calls were made via the national emergency code, 122, and processed through the Emergency Call Centres (ECCs).

Danbatta added that: “In addition to the 23 states with functioning ECCs, the commission will soon activate ECCs in nine more states, with an auspicious projection to inaugurate similar projects in the remaining four states by ending of 2022, thereby having an ECC per state and in the FCT, in line with federal government’s directive."

As Nigeria battles the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1,500 calls bordering on the virus, were received and processed by the ECCs in the period under review.

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