If you live in Lagos and many other areas in south western Nigeria, you are already aware of the rains that hit yesterday. But it didn’t end there. I woke up this morning to be told that it rained non-stop all night. Yes; I know. I slept like a log. It is still raining as I type this.
Anyway, a quick scan of my Twitter line revealed a litany of woes – roofs blown off, roofs caved in, houses flooded all over the place. There was the fallout issue of people trying to reach the toll-free Lagos State emergency number, 767, for help but not getting through.
I am not sure why a nationwide emergency line like the USA’s 911 has not been implemented nationwide here in Nigeria, but it should. It has been over 10 years of GSM mobile technology here. I don’t see why I should not be able to dial a 3-digit number from anywhere in the country to request for medical, rescue, or police help.
Can the federal government step in to make this happen, please?
767 for Emergency Services in Lagos
It is a good thing that the Lagos State government has a functional emergency help line. I have used it a number of times in an emergency and it has worked every single time. Help came as requested. Every single time.
As such, when I read on Twitter this morning that it didn’t work from an Airtel line, I ran some quick tests this morning. The tests involved my lines and my wife’s.
The Lagos emergency number, 767, worked on both my Glo and Etisalat lines, but not on my wife’s Airtel line. This corroborates statements from a few others who could not get through from their Airtel lines. This suggests that Airtel has work to do in making access to this line easier from their network. I don’t have an active MTN line here and so cannot test access from MTN. If you have ever tried that number from an Airtel line, I would appreciate feedback please.
Please save this number and use it in any emergency to request for help. The appropriate services will be contacted to get to you. It is free and available round the clock.
The number again: 767.
Do you already have this number? Have you ever used it? What was your experience with it? Did help come?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.