The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has said the Federal Government has approved an emergency communications centre (ECC) for Zamfara State to support the fight against insecurity in the state.
He made this known when he received the Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Muhammad Matawalle, in his office in Abuja.
“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,” he said.
In his remarks, Matawalle said the impact of the digital economy was yielding positive results in his state as the minister had successfully bridged the access gaps in several communities that lacked telecommunication’s 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.
He commended Pantami for the speedy response to the request and prayed he would consider the establishment of more centres to properly engage the youths.
A statement signed by the minister’s spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, said Matawalle 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.