A mobile application to alert the officers and men of the Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the case of emergency has been developed by an officer attached to the Ekiti State Command, Mr. Adeoluwa Oyebode.
The mobile app named “EkitiAlert”, according to Oyebode has been submitted to the NSCDC Commandant in the state for the use of the corps in its operations.
Oyebode while speaking on the innovation said “EkitiAlert is an emergency security phone app developed to bring crime rate in Ekiti State to the lowest ebb, sequel to the modern definition of security as a function of response time to crimes.”
The app, he further explained, “is a call directory of NSCDC Ekiti State Command formations across the state on a dial.”
The app was presented to the state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Donatus Izuka Ikemefuna, for onward transformation to the national headquarters of the security agency.
He said the development of the app was based on his observation that, “one of the major challenges of security is lack of timely information/intelligence prior or during criminal activities.”
He said, “The app is therefore designed to provide an opportunity for the general public to reach the Corps in Ekiti State (on her Core Mandates) on a one-button dial, across the 16 Divisional Formations, 3 Area Commands, all the outposts in the 132towns and villages.
“The Arms Squad, Critical National Infrastructures and Assets, the Anti-vandal Unit, Counter-terrorism Unit, the Agro-Rangers Unit, the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit, the Private Guard Monitoring Unit, and the Public Relations Officer at a calculated response time of five minutes.”
According to Oyebode, the App (EkitiAlert), “is available on PlayStore for download, while much publicity shall be made on all available platforms (most especially social media) so that it can be widely accepted for use.”
Oyebode, who acknowledged that the app, upon its submission, had become the property of the NSCDC officially added that he had also submitted, “All registered SIMs for this same purpose.”
He said the submission of the app was the first phase of the project, pointing out that “effort shall begin in earnest to secure toll free lines (Phase II) so that callers will be encouraged by not having to pay for reporting crimes or security emergencies as they happen.”
He said the third phase shall provide the caller location per call, using the Google Maps and GPS, describing the innovation as, “a new dawn in the security architecture of the Nigerian state which I hope will encourage other officers, paramilitaries, the police, and the general public to develop special interest in the security of the nation beyond their take homes.”
He thanked the NSCDC for the opportunity and his colleagues who he said had helped him in the quest to develop the innovative application and called on other Nigerians in the business of providing security In the country to look inwards and find ways of making the job easier.