Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari has today in Abuja launched a national broadband plan for 2020-2025 and an emergency communication center and a toll-free number 112.
The toll-free number is to be used by the members of the public in Nigeria to seek for help in times of distress/emergency
Other reasons according to Minister for Communications, Dr Isa Ali Pantam is “to provide a one-stop shop for receiving distress calls from the public and dispatching same to appropriate Response Agencies (“First Responders”) who will respond to the need of the callers.
“To provide easy, effective and coordinated access by members of the public to Response Agencies (Police, FRSC, Fire Service, Ambulance Service etc.) in times of emergency/distress.”
The toll free number currently works in the Abuja territory and will be replicated across all the states in Nigeria.