By Uwa Suleiman
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has disclosed that an Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) has been approved by the Federal Government for Zamfara State to support the fight against insecurity in the state. The Minister made the disclosure today, Wednesday 7th July 2021 when he received the Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Matawalle in his office. 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.”
Governor Bello Matawalle who was on a courtesy call to the Honourable Minister stated that “the impact of the digital economy was 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 commended Dr Pantami for the speedy response to the request and prayed he considers the establishment of more centres to properly engage the youths.
Matawalle emphasised that the success recorded by the Digital Economy Sector is hinged largely on the exemplary leadership provided by Dr Pantami and urged other public officials to emulate him.