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NCC emergency communications centers process 1,500 COVID-19 related calls – Danbatta

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IMO ECC PIX

Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has received and processed 1,500 COVID-19 related calls through its Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in the peak of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed this during the commissioning of the ECC in Owerri, Imo State over the weekend by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.

“During the total lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECCs played a remarkable role by providing a platform for members of the public to seek lifesaving information or support and reporting COVID-19 related cases by dialing ‘112’ from any of the networks.

“I am happy to report to you that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed by the ECCs in the peak of the pandemic.” Mr Danbatta said.

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The EVC said the ECC is equipped with necessary Information Technology (IT) tools and personnel to serve as a one-stop shop for citizens to access help from any response agency.

He explained that the center is essentially aimed at enhancing the security of lives and property of the citizens.

Mr Danbatta said the response agencies include the Nigeria Police (NPF), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Fire and Ambulance Services, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all its affiliate State Emergency Management Agencies, among others.

He said the NCC has activated 19 ECCs out of the 37 it is planning to open across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mr Danbatta said the currently operational ECCs are based in Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, Plateau, Enugu, Benue, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Kogi, Anambra and Imo States and FCT.

“We have no doubt that, if put to maximum use, and kept functional at all times, the ECC facilities will serve to complement the State Government’s efforts at enhancing the security of lives and property of citizens,” Mr Danbatta said.

Speaking during the tour of the ECC facilities, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami thanked Imo state government for giving the necessary support to the NCC to facilitate successful implementation of the project.

He assured of President Buhari’s commitment to support more initiatives aimed at achieving his government’s agenda addressing security issues, improving the economy and curbing corruption.

Mr Pantami noted that the country’s economy will reap huge benefits from effective implementation of more Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven projects across the country.

The Executive Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, thanked the Minister and the NCC for the ECC initiative.

Mr Uzodimma said  the ECC has  enhanced security of lives and property in the state.

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Kano designates 509 health facilities for Administering COVID-19 vaccine

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

 

 

Kano state government has designated 509 health facilities for administering COVID-19 vaccine.

Kano Focus reports that the leader of the state Technical Response Team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini disclosed this on Monday at a sensitisation meeting with security agencies held at Government House, Kano.

In a presentation, titled ‘COVID-19 Vaccine : Roll Out Plan in Kano State’ Mr Hussaini disclosed that “In Kano we have identified 509 health facilities, that will be use as COVID-19 vaccination centres.”

“We will use Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital and Dala Orthopedic Hospital.”

Mr Hussaini hinted that, there would be 4 phases for the proposed vaccination exercise in the state.

“The first phase will focus on frontline health workers, the second phase focuses on the remaining health workers and people above 50 years, the third phase will focus on people with underlying health issues and the fourth phase will focus on other target population.”

He also emphasized the need for people to register for COVID-19 vaccine online, so that federal government could allocate enough dose to the state.

In his address the Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the government decided to kicked-off the sensitisation campaign with the security agencies, being one of the categories of frontline population.

Mr Ganduje revealed that, “COVID-19 vaccine will follow the same pattern on how to reach the public, with what was obtained during Polio vaccine. We also need to follow the same pattern with that of our effort during the first wave of the COVID-19.”

“Our health workers are well trained for that. As they are recognized to be one of the best in the country. They performed wonderfully well before and during the first wave of the pandemic. They are still sustaining the tempo,” he assured.

“During this last lap of the fight against COVID-19, we win the fight again. In fact we are ready for this stage, the final stage.”

Mr Ganduje revealed that all categories of people would be involved in the sensitisation programmes designed to be implemented in phases.

He said the second category for the sensitisation meeting after security agencies, are health related professionals.

In a presentation titled “COVID-19 vaccine: facts, misconception and myths,” a Professor of Public Health, from Bayero University, Kano, Mukhtar Gandanya explained that the vaccine is not harmful and debunked all misconceptions surrounding its safety.

The sensitisation meeting was attended by Police, Army, Air force, Nigerian Civil Defense, Immigration Services, Correctional Centres, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security, State Hisbah Board, among others.

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Women Day: Young lady from Kano develops Android app for reporting rape cases

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Sa'adat Aliyu

 

Nasiru Yusuf

A  Kano born young lady Saadat Aliyu has developed Android application ‘Helpio App’ for reporting sexual abuse.

Kano Focus reports that ‘Helpio App’ was launched on August 6, 2020 on play store.

Ms Aliyu who is the founder of shamrock innovations, a women and youth centric tech innovation hub in kano, said that any person can visit play store on android phone and install the app.

“You can go to Play store, search for it and install it. After Installation, you can sign up using email and password either in Hausa or English language.

“So far the Initiative for Support of victims of  Sexual abuse, Orphans and Less privileged (ISSOL) and Equity Destitute, Child Right and Welfare initiative (EDCRAWI) have signed up in the platform,” Ms Aliyu said.

She recalled that she started learning IT skills from her brother when she was in junior secondary school and subsequently became a self taught developer.

The young lady told Kano Focus that “My next project will be launched very soon and is fintech oriented.

“I want to continue making an impact on women and people’s lives by advocating and developing solutions,” Ms Aliyu said.

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Kano Anti corruption investigates refugee commission over alleged diversion of palliatives

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Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission says it will investigate alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials by National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFR).

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the commission Muhyi Magaji Rimin Gado revealed this while receiving the new Commissioner Independent Corrupt Practices and ther related offences Commission (ICPC ) in charge of Kano zone.

Mr Rimin Gado said PCACC will partner ICPC to investigate the alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials.

He noted with dismay that some officials saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items to the needy, was accused of diverting it.

While congratulating the new Commissioner over his recent posting to Kano office of the ICPC, Mr Rimingado solicit for synergy between the two commissions towards checkmating corrupt practices in the state.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of ICPC, Ibrahim Kagara, assured to work with PCACC in the fight against corruption.

Kagara, described corruption as a serious problem that required a concerted efforts of all stakeholders to tackle it decisively.

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