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News : NCC Spends N10bn on Emergency Communication
Nairobi, Nigeria, Sept 8, 2016 -- 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.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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