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Pantami Commissions NCC’s Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre, five other IT projects

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. has commissioned the Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) built by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), alongside five Information Technology projects.

Aimed at supporting the Federal Government agenda of enhancing security of lives and property in the country, the NCC’s ECC project makes it possible for people of Kaduna and environs to dial 112 Emergency Number to get help during emergencies from appropriate emergency response agencies.

The Commission had built ECC in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

Nineteen of the ECC have been activated while efforts are ongoing to extend it to other states.

The Minister also commissioned the Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre (TIKC) in Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo executed by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) of NCC.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, addressing the audience during the virtual commissioning.

Alongside these, were also three other commissoned projects by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), IT Community Centre in Katsina and IT Hub each in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Main Campus, Kaduna and University of Lagos.

The sixth project commissioned was the opening of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT)’s Northwest Regional Office in Kaduna.

Speaking during the virtual commissioning of the projects, which took place at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora District, Abuja on Thursday, July 23, 2020 and attended by all heads of agencies under the ministry, the minister said the projects were all connected to the country’s digital economy drive, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) unveiled by the President in November last year.

According to Pantami, “these projects are connected to some of the pillars of the NDEPS, especially with respect to developmental regulation, digital literacy and skills, solid infrastructure, among others,”

Urging Nigerians, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects, to take advantage of the opportunities.

He added that he would continue to work with other ministries, departments and parastatals of government to ensure teething challenges facing ICT infrastructure deployment in the country are addressed in other to deepen digital economy.

Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the occasion, Babagana Zulum; as well as Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna and her counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who were guests of honour commended the ministry and its agencies for expanding the footprint of digital economy across the country.

Meanwhile, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and other heads of agencies under the Ministry, have commended the Minister for promoting synergy among the agencies under his supervision.

According to the EVC, “the projects will help in leading the country into a truly- digital economy.”

He restated the Commission’s commitment to ensure a robust broadband infrastructure in the country, to support government’s initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.


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L-R: Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the occasion; Zainab Shamsuna, Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing and Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT during the event.


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