The presidency through the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has opened a crisis management room to enable President Goodluck Jonathan respond to disasters and other security challenges from any part of the world.
It is headed by the director, presidential communication, Command and Control Centre (PC4), Gen. T.T. Waya.
The centre is equipped with audio and video facilities that enhance communication between and among all stakeholders.
NSA’s special adviser on media, Karounwi Adekunle told LEADERSHIP Weekend yesterday that, on assumption of office, the NSA (Col. Sambo Dasuki) felt the need to create a rallying point for the president and his strategic aides.
“Prior to this, there was no control point for crisis management and emergency.
To put it modestly, no clear picture of operation. When the NIGCOMSAT infrastructure was de-orbited, crisis management system collapsed,” he stated.
He said though the project was initiated by the late NSA, Gen. Andrew Azazi, Dasuki built it with a state-of-the-art infrastructure that was consistent with the British Cabinet Office (COBR) and the American Situation Room, adding that work on it commenced in December last year.
Noting that work started principally with civil infrastructure and ICT components, Adekunle added that much time was spent on construction due to its complex nature to enable real-time information with secure audio and data video clips.
“Project was completed in August 2013 and commissioned by President Jonathan on September 2, 2013 for which the NSA was chief host and Brig-Gen. T.T. Waya (rtd), director, presidential communication, Command and Control Centre (PC4), was host. This crisis management centre would enable the president and his strategic aides to arrive at informed decisions in accordance with global best practices,” he explained.
On the advantages of the centre, he said it would “enable real-time communication by audio and video data communication between and within stakeholders. This is an area the NSA is very much interested in”.
It would also enable table-top and simulation exercises, he added.
“The facilities underscore the importance of giving the president a clear view of any crisis, be it natural or human-induced.
The capability of forecasting on the direction and outcome of crisis in future, such as drought, famine … so that the country can make adequate preparation.
“Strategic stakeholders, ministers, heads of security agencies can ask for footages and other relevant information.
It is quite instructive to note that, with these facilities, the president has the capacity to contain or mitigate disasters anywhere he is,” he said.