To contain insurgency Nigeria must deploy telecoms resources – Danbatta

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L-R: Comptroller Francis Enabore, National Public Relations , Correctional Service, Nigerian Prison Service; Air Commandore Yusuf Anas; Executive Secretary, Centre for Crises Communications; Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, (NCC); Brig. Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Defence Information/ Chairman, Forum of Spokjeesperson of and Response Agencies (FOSSRA); and Commander T Sani of the Nigerian Navy during the induction of the NCC as a corporate member of FOSSRA

PROF. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, EVC, of the , NCC, has said that Nigeria must leverage and appropriately deploy telecoms and ICT in the fight against and to contain other emergencies.
Danbatta affirmed what empirical knowledge of ICTs can do in tackling numerous challenges, explaining the commission’s insistence on compliance by all stakeholders to the guidelines governing SIM registration, and why NCC had been upbeat in getting the Emergency Communication Centres, ECC, ready all over the country as directed by the federal government.

The EVC stated this on Wednesday, January 29, at the Conference Room of NCC head office at the induction of the commission into the membership of Forum of Spokespersons of and Response Agencies, FOSSRA.

Bassey Uket, a principal manager at the commission’s Special Duties Department is NCC’s representative at the Forum.

Danbatta recalled the collaboration between NCC and the and other emergency response agencies especially at the ECCs and suggest that many of the multi-faceted challenges can be addressed with scaling up the degree of deployment of electronic strategies.

To underscore the imperative of electronic and digital communication systems in managing the nation’s security challenges, Danbatta stated that “as we are addressing the situation in one part of the country, you find escalation in another part of the country.”

Danbatta gave example of the 112 Emergency Communication Numbers, which are routed to the ECCs, as “a practical implementation of a security system that is bringing succour to citizens in distress”.

The NCC Chief Executive added that he was gratified that there is an increasing “interface between citizens are in distressed security situation and virtually all security and other emergency response agencies connected to it”.

He described the ECCs as a well-conceived project. It is a project that has enhanced the capacity of agencies in the security governance sector to manage crises. He informed the audience that the Centres are well-equipped to address the purpose for which they were established.

Group picture of officials of the NCC and FOSSRA officials at the event

Federal Government “we are not going to stop. We would like to express our commitment to continue with the remaining 18. We would not rest on our oars until all other 18 are fully functional because the ECC have started attracting attention” and are quite central to the management of security in the country.

He emphasised that the ECCs have become a success story today because of the commitment of the Federal Government and the culture of dedication to continuity of strategic national projects by successive of the Commission.

Earlier, Oluwatoyin Asaju, director, Special Duties at NCC said FOSSRA, which was established 6 years ago by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, has performed well in coordinating public information activities of security and emergency response agencies and has helped to improve inter-agency collaboration.

He said the induction of NCC into the forum is a testimony to the Commission’s strides in this regard and also the visionary of the Prof. Danbatta. He recalled the nature of operation and kind of at the ECCs and Nigerians to use the Toll-Free 3-Digit Emergency Communication Numbers 112 to get help in times of security challenges.

Brigadier Onyema Nwachukwu, director, Defence Information and Chairman of FOSSRA, told the participants at the that crisis is not peculiar to Nigeria and the present escalating trend speaks to emergent global culture where non-state actors resort to to express grievances.

He said agencies in the security sector are working all-round-the-clock to improve the nation’s security situation. The FOSSRA’s role according to him is to bring the public to speed on the activities of the security . He affirmed that other issues needed to be addressed for the physical security provided by the armed to have better impact.

One of these issues is national mobilisation of the mass media around the issues of security. Therefore, developing a national networking strategy of all stakeholders is important to address other challenges just as the challenge of inter-agency cooperation and collaboration among the security had been addressed.

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (retd), the executive secretary of Crisis Communication Centre, CCC,Air Commodore Yusuf Anas also spoke about the efforts of FOSSRA in rallying information and communication stakeholders to ensure appropriate crisis communication management.

Commodore Anas expressed the gratitude of the Centre and other partners to NCC for the vital roles the Commission had played in enhancing the management of the Nation’s security communication programmes.

Source: Realnews