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Yobe State’s SEMA gives succor to 1000 flood victims

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Over 1000 registered flood victims across 18 communities of Nguru Local Government Area of Yobe State have so far received support of the State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

This support came about, following the report received by SEMA, between July and August, on flood, as a result of heavy downpour of rain that affected 18 communities where SEMA, alongside LGA, conducted an assessment and took profiles of the victims accordingly.

Our correspondent reports that, the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Northeast, led a team to officially hand over relief materials donated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to the affected victims.

They commiserated with the victims and stakeholders on behalf of the Federal Government and then handed over the relief materials to Yobe State Government.

According to the Zonal Coordinator, “This phase of support will cover about 6 LGAs (Bade, Jakusko, Nguru, Yusufari, Gujba and Gulani),” and assured the state government of more collaboration and support, in line with NEMA directives.

Receiving the materials on behalf of the State Government, the Speaker of Yobe State House of Assembly, Ahmed Lawan Mirwa, thanked NEMA, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management for their support, and assured of “judicious distribution” directly to the affected households.

He used the forum to thank their Excellencies, Governor Mai Mala Buni and The President of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, for their tremendous efforts in ensuring that the victims of floods and other disasters across the state received timely support from both state and federal government.

He equally commended the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Dr Mohammed Goje, and his team for the prompt response by relocating to Nguru to attend to the victims through prompt validation and distribution directly to beneficiaries.

According to the Zonal Coordinator, “This exercise will continue across 4 LGAs in Zone C. Victims will receive both SEMA AND NEMA support, depending on severity and assessment records.

“Depending on the category of victims, some will receive Building Materials, some NFIs and some will receive both BM, NFIs and Food Basket,” he said.

Also, Chairman Nguru LGA and other stakeholders present, commended the government for the timely response, and called on victims to utilize the support judiciously, as cases of the flood are not just local but global this season. 

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