The Governor of the State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the State of Osun chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have urged the media to prevail on the Federal Government to activate the emergency call centres his administration built to rescue people in dire security situations across the state.
The governor, who made the appeal in Osogbo, the state capital, alleged that the Federal Government was frustrating his administration’s good intention to secure the state with the emergency centres.
He said: “We have been asking the regulatory body, the National Communication Commission (NCC), since last year, to make us operate the centres to help victims in security situations without any success. The body said we could not operate because it is a federal matter. We also asked them to activate the one the Federal Government built for the state; they refused.
“Please, help us to beg the Federal Government to do something in the interest of the security of life and property in our state. They should not allow all that we have spent to go down the drain. They should make the one we built or theirs work in the interest of the people. They have a responsibility to the people. Please help us to beg them.”
The Osun ACN, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, said the Federal Government should act fast in the interest of the people.
It urged well-meaning Nigerians to join the appeal to the Federal Government to activate the emergency call centres, adding that the security of life and property as well as hundreds of millions of naira expended on building the facilities must be considered.
It said: “These call centres could be contacted by any cell phone by just dialing 122 to intimate security forces on emergency situations wherever they occur.
“We cannot understand why such strategic facilities exist in states and the Federal Government cannot activate them to help manage the parlous security situation in the country. The country’s security situation will improve significantly if the public could access the security personnel through the emergency call centres.”