FG initiates effort to unify 112 emergency numbers

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and other relevant agencies are leading efforts to harmonize emergency numbers under the 112 platform. A meeting held on Thursday, attended by heads of key agencies, focused on discussing the 112 emergency number service solutions, facilitated by the NCC in Abuja.

During the meeting, Tijani presented the 112 emergency number service solution to officials from various agencies, including the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Federal Fire Service. The 112 number is a national toll-free number designed for citizens to report emergencies to different services, with Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) currently operational in 27 states. It plans to expand to all 36 states by 2024.

The Ministry of Interior has agreed to play a significant role in harmonizing existing emergency numbers under the 112 platform, aiming to create a more efficient system for emergency communications in Nigeria. Tijani highlighted that this collaboration between ministries will enhance internal security, emergency response, and ancillary services, showcasing the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for improved service delivery.

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