The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC’s, toll-free 112 Emergency Line has commenced being promoted via VAS on Mobile.
It will be recalled that the Commission established the toll-free 112 National Emergency Line, to provide an avenue for Nigerians to make calls to emergency response agencies, or first responders on any issue they may want to report on the Coronavirus, or other health-related issues and emergencies, when the pandemic was at its early days in Nigeria.
It was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, where he explained that, the toll-free 112 line demonstrates his administration’s resolve to keep Nigerians safe.
“We have taken advantage of digital technologies to ensure that Nigerians in distress are only a dial away from the relevant emergency response institutions in the country, via the toll-free 112 Number”, the President had stressed, during the launching.
The toll-free 112 Emergency Number calls are handled through the Emergency Communication Centre, (ECC), which are established by the Commission across the country. Many States in the Federation are already taking advantage of the toll-free 112 National Emergency Number.
Samples of the messages sent to mobile phones to create awareness for the toll-free National Emergency Numbers goes as follows:
- ‘112 is the toll-free number to get help from emergency services such as the Police, Fire Service, FRSC and Ambulance Services. #Call112ForEmergencies’
- ‘Call 112 in an Emergency situation such as threats to life and/or property, serious injuries, fire incidents and accidents. #Call112ForEmergencies’
It is hoped that, with messages such as this, hitting the phones of telecom consumers, it will be only a matter of time, before many will be aware of it and make use of it in order improve on emergency response across the country, as incidences will get reported as soon as possible.
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