The Kogi state government has commissioned a quick emergency reporting and response operation centre in Lokoja code-named Operation Total Freedom.
Continentour.com.ng gathered that the Vigoscope (VGS) Operation Centre is a technological incorporated security driven initiative of the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration in partnership with a private company (Vigoscope Limited).
Governor Bello while speaking with journalists after commissioning the centre, emphasised that the state was building on its capacity every day.
He explained that security has transcended beyond manual operations, and the state was obliged to follow in similar clime.
He reiterated that Kogi state was introducing technology to combat crime, which he affirmed would improve on the level of security currently in place in the state.
The governor advised every citizen and dwellers in the state to have the Vigoscope (VGS) application on their mobile devices, to promptly report any event, which could threaten their lives and safety or that of their neighbours and get quick response from corresponding agency.
While taking the governor round the facility, the chairman of the security company, Engineer Steve Olu explained that the Vigoscope security and safety operation comprised of three major components.
The chairman explained the first component was the mobile reporter which would be assigned to all citizens in form of a mobile application to enable them report events.
He explained that the second component was the dispatcher, which he said would serve as an intermediary between the reporter and responder.
“The dispatcher, which has an enabled Global Positioning System (GPS), would help to ascertain the reporter and the closest corresponding responder’s location,” he affirmed.
Engineer Olu further explained that the third component was the VGS responders, which he said were installed in patrol vehicles of security agencies, ambulances and fire trucks to be able to effectively convey emergency messages for quick responses.
Governor Bello had promised to deal decisively with anyone caught arming youths to perpetuate evil and fuel insecurity in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The governor made the promise on Saturday, January 12, in Kano in an address he delivered when the leadership of the Ebira sociocultural group, Ebira Peoples Association hosted him in the state.
He reiterated why his administration takes the issue of security of lives and property of Kogi seriously, stressing that he would not relent until those trying to retool enemies of the state are made to face the full wrath of the law.
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