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8 Sep 2016

NCC Spends N10 billion on emergency com­munication centres

The Executive Vice Chair­man of Nigerian Com­munications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Dambatta said that the commission has spent over N10 billion on emergency com­munication centres.

Dambatta disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja when For­eign Defence Attaches’ organised by the Nigerian Defence Intelli­gence Agency paid the commis­sion a courtesy visit.
He said that many countries are not aware that Nigeria has emer­gency communication centre that provides an avenue for them to be given emergency services.
“We are trying to improve the process of emergency services to Nigerians. We have spent more than N10 billion. The level of inter­vention in monetary terms by the NCC to set up emergency commu­nication centres is consistent with the directive given to us by the fed­eral government through the Na­tional Assembly”, he said.
According to him, the coun­try has emergency communica­tion centres in virtually every state which provides an interface to citi­zens in distress or requiring emer­gency services.
He said this is done in alliance with emergency services provid­ers like the Fire service, Ambu­lance services, Federal Road Safe­ty Commission and the police.
Dambatta said despite the eco­nomic recession the sector has contributed over 1.4 trillion to the GDP of the country, in the first quarter of 2016 adding that the National Bureau of Statistics figure indicates that the sector had contributed 1.6 trillion naira to the GDP.
The NCC boss, said in spite of the massive increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) since the liberalisation of the sector from mere 50 million in 2001 to over 60 billion in 2015 there still abound huge investment opportu­nities in the telecom sector, such as increase broadband penetra­tion, installation of more Masts and Towers, deployment of Fixed Lines, bridging of infrastructure-e gaps, news technologies amongst others.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Commodore Aminu Hassan, Deputy Director Liasion Servic­es, Defence Intelligence Agency said that the team of foreign ad­visers was in NCC to see area of investments the countries can be involved.
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