Bill on effective emergency response system scales 2nd reading at Senate

 A Bill seeking to efficient and effective response system scaled second reading at the Senate Wednesday.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate the general principles of the Bill during plenary by the sponsor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (APC-Ogun).

The Bill is titled: “A Bill for an Act to a nationwide toll-free number for reporting of throughout the federation and for related matters, 2021”.

Leading the debate, Amosun recalled that the Bill was read for the first time Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020.

He explained that the Bill sought to provide for a nationwide toll-free number that would aid the implementation of a national system of reporting and for other related matters.

“Emergency telephone number is typically a three-digit number that can be easily remembered and dialed quickly.

“Emergency numbers are in life-threatening situations. They can also be used to report of various types such as road accidents, fire, burglary, and so on,” he said.

According to Amosun, the proposed nationwide toll-free emergency number is 112 or any other three digit numbers as may be agreed upon during the public hearing.

“The proposed 112 toll free national emergency line is easier to learn, remember and dial.

“It will save a lot of Nigerians the stress of having to memorise more than one emergency number.”

Contributing, Sen. Bala Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi) said the free national emergency line bill when passed would be one of the greatest innovations with a view to stemming the tide of insecurity in the country.

Also, Sen.Tolu Odebiyi (APC-Ogun) said the Bill when passed would help in unifying all the phone numbers in different states.

The Bill was thereafter referred to the Senate Committee on Communication by of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan to report back in four weeks.(NAN)