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Bauchi spends over N150m on disaster management

| June 14, 2012 More


Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has spent a total of N154,845,590 on emergency situations between May, 2011 and now. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi SEMA, Alhaji Mahmud Garba, yesterday at a ministerial press briefing on the first year of Governor Isa Yuguda’s second term in office.

Garba said based on its activities since inception in 2008, it was ranked among the best and effective SEMAs in Nigeria. 

Outlining the achievements of the agency, the SEMA perm sec stated that the body provided financial support totalling N19.540 million to victims of fire disasters, flood, windstorms, road traffic accidents and armed robbery in the local government areas of the state.

The agency, he disclosed, also spent N20 million on procurement of computer sets, motorcycles and generating sets, which were distributed to Local Emergency Committees in all the 20 local government areas of the state.

He said the sum of N39, 015,590 million was spent to procure and distribute relief items to victims of various disasters in the state. He added that N50 million was spent on the maintenance and upkeep of the over one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) being hosted by the state with N26.290 million expended on capacity and advocacy on emergency preparedness and response for its staffers and other stakeholders at the state and local government levels.

Garba informed that the Yuguda administration, through the state SEMA and the state Emergency Operation Team, had initiated a peace building and conflict resolution programme with a view to eliminating violent conflicts from the state.

He said the two would work together to inculcate a spirit of mutual co-existence among the people of the state and resolve conflicts and misunderstandings among the people. 

“This involves advocacy to community leaders, parleys with religious, youth and women groups on peace education and conflict resolution methods,” he said.

According to him, the government was collaborating with agencies like United Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF), National Institute for Peace Building and Conflict Resolution and the Nigeria Red Cross Society.

He said the body, which became a full-fledged agency in March 2008 was more proactive and responsive to disasters in the state, adding that this, “consequently made it among the best and effective SEMAs in the country according to ranking of our major stakeholders like NEMA, UNICEF, Red Cross and NCFR.”

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