Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has activated the 112 free emergency call number in Kogi State.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday in Lokoja by SOLSAN Technology Ventures Ltd., the private firm managing the emergency number on behalf of NCC in the state.
Mr Shola Ajayi who signed the statement said that the emergency number which can be dialed from any phone was activated in March.
He said that 112 was a shot code assigned by the NCC for all manner of emergencies such as armed robbery, kidnapping, accident, fire , floods, banditry and vandalisation among others.
When calls are received by the 112 agents, they are usually escalated to the correct agency responsible for such emergency .
”The emergency communication project is a non-commercial collaboration project between Federal Government through the NCC, state government, telecom companies , security agencies and power companies,” he explained.
He listed the telecom companies in the arrangement as mtn, airtel, glo, 9 mobile, saying that all the collaborating establishments are contributing to the 112 emergency code as their social responsibility commitment to the society. According to him, the 112 number is strictly for emergency call only and not for prank callers.