President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari caused a stir in Abuja when he launched the toll free number 112 on Thursday for Nigerians to be able to call agencies of government in distress situation.
When eventually his call was picked the Receiver asked him, “Your Excellency, do you have an emergency you want to report?”
He answered, “No, I just came to launch your toll free number”.
Although top guests who surrounded him busted into laughter, it was expected that Mr. President could have shown the effect of the emergency idea by asking what is the latest with the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has shut down economy, social life and even academic life of many advanced countries.
President Buhari emphasized the introduction of the broadband 2020 to 2025 will expose corruption because it will grant transparency as government fiscal measures will be constantly online.
He pointed out that Nigerians are now a dial away when distress situations arise and the idea will give jobs to innovators to become employers of labor.
President Buhari gleefully launched four things on one move which are the new toll free emergency number of 112 which will not attract any deduction when called; The National Broadband plan of 2020-2025; the flag off of Digital economic programs and the commissioning of the Digital Communication Complex at Mbora quarters, Idu which when completed will have a swimming pool section and coordinate all the activities of the digital economy plans.
Minister of Communications and Digital Communication, Dr. Issa Ali Ibrahim revealed that the last Broadband of Nigeria expired in 2018 and there was an urgent need to establish a new one hence the 2020-2025 plan.
Dr. Ibrahim said broadband and digital communication is key to any economy as just 10% of Broadband achievement in any country will greatly improve the GDP of the nation.
The Minister said although the achievement is 38.5% now his ministry will boost it to 70% in due course.
He pointed out that digital economy is vital in distress moments as many countries now teach their students online, businesses done online to minimize the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
Henceforth all Nigerians can now call 112 which will link them to the Police, National Emergency center; Road Safety Corps and other vital government agencies in time of distress.
- Eniola Olatunji.