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NEWS UPDATE: Senate approves Nationwide Emergency Communications Service, 112 as toll-free number

NEWS UPDATE: Senate approves Nationwide Emergency Communications Service, 112 as toll-free number

The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill for the establishment of the Nationwide Emergency Communications Service, just as it approved 112 as the toll-free number for emergencies.

Emergency Communication Service is expected to involve deployment and coordination of a seamless and dependable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency needs throughout Nigeria as existence done in the advanced world.

This was sequel to the consideration of a study on the Nationwide Toll-Liberate Emergency Number (Establishment) Bill, 2021, by the Commission on Communications, chaired by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central) during Tuesday’s plenary.

The study was presented by Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti Southward) on behalf of the commission chairman.

In her presentation, Senator Olujimi explained that Clause 2 of the bill is for the establishment of the Nationwide Emergency Communications Service.

According to the lawmaker, the agency, when established, would be charged with the responsibleness of deployment and coordination of a seamless and dependable end-to-end infrastructure for emergency needs throughout Nigeria.

She added that Clause 5 of the bill was amended to vest the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) with the responsibleness of formulating regulations and guidelines for the workings of the Nationwide Emergency Communications Service.

Olujimi explained that Clause 11 of the bill prohibits the utilization of telephone and mobile telecommunication services to location a mistaken, frivolous or vexatious phone to the emergency number 112.

Clause 12 of the bill provides that, “a individual who violates whatsoever of the provisions of this bill or the regulations is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty of not to a greater extent than 50 thousand naira or in default to a term imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, and for each subsequent offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not to a greater extent than 2 hundred and 50 thousand naira or, in default, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding one yr.”

In improver, new sub clauses (2), (3) and (4) were introduced in the bill to supply for the blacklisting of whatsoever individual who violates Clause 11 for a period not to a greater extent than 8 weeks.





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