Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Wednesday, disclosed that the Federal Government has approved an Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) for Zamfara state
to support the fight against insecurity in the state.
The minister, who spoke when he received the governor of the state, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Matawalle, in his office in Abuja, said the centre would be fully operational next month.
He said: “An Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) has been approved for Zamfara state and we will ensure that it is deployed and fully operational in the next few months.
“This facility will in no small measure aid in the fight against the challenges of insecurity and will also create jobs in the state.”
Matawalle in his address, thanked the minister for the centre and declared that the impact of the digital economy was yielding positive results in his state.
“The impact of the digital economy is yielding positive results in his state as the minister has successfully bridged the access gaps in several communities that lacked telecommunications services.
“We are here today to express our profound gratitude to the Honourable Minister for his speedy intervention in ensuring that Mobile Network Operators established their presence and services in areas where they did not previously exist in the state and, the establishment of ICT Centres in various schools in Zamfara which is encouraging digital skills and engaging the youths positively,” he said.
The governor emphasised that the success recorded by the digital economy sector was hinged largely on the exemplary leadership provided by the minister and urged other public officials to emulate him.