In its efforts in using technology innovations in the fight against insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has won two prestigious international awards.
The awards are the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards (GWA) 2020 and the African Public Relations Association’s (APRA)Certificate of Excellence.
While the NCC won Golden World Awards for its harmonized emergency number, 112 and the construction of Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs) in 36 states of the Federation and the FCT with 19 states already operational and additional 5 ready for activation, the APRA’s Certificate of Excellence was given to the Commission for its efforts in “leveraging the emergency communication centres for national security.”
Speaking at the presentation of the award, Malam Yusheu Shuaibu of Image Merchants Promotion Limited, lauded the NCC for launching an impressive campaign on its emergency communications project.
In his words: “The ECCs were activated as a one-stop shop for receiving distress calls from the public and dispatching same to appropriate Emergency Response Agencies (ERAs) for timely response and resolution of the distress.
“The ECC project had been in limbo until a new management under the leadership of Danbatta, embarked on the construction and operationalisation of the ECCs across states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) till date,” he explained.
Also, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, while presenting the IPRA Golden Global Awards (GGA) to the Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, commended the NCC for a culture of professionalism in the management of its corporate communications and public relations, noting that ‘this has been largely responsible its enviable corporate image and the many awards it had attracted over the years.’