On Wednesday 17th August 2022, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency convened for a high-level stakeholder meeting to discuss with stakeholders from two LGAs the ongoing flood response and develop a strategic partnership agreement between the two agencies as part the state comprehensive flood response support to the affected communities.
Among the objectives of the meeting is to
i. Update stakeholders from Gujba & Gulani on flood response efforts of the Yobe State Government.
ii. To discuss YOSEMA strategic approaches in implementing Save the Children (SCI) Rapid ResponseCash stimulus support for the 2 affected LGAs
iii. To jointly discuss strategic collaboration between SEMA and YSCHMA to provide one year healthcare coverage to the flood victims
iv. Provide means for stakeholders’ feedback and inclusive engagement in the ongoing flood response and support to affected communities.
Earlier in his opening remark, Hon Bulama Bukar who is a member representing Gujba constituency in the State House of Assembly who chaired the meeting welcome stakeholders from the 2 LGAs and other participants. He extended his appreciation to Yobe State Government under the capable leadership of His Excellency the executive governor Hon Mai Mala Buni for the ongoing coordinated flood response support to victims across the state and other laudable development initiatives by this administration and on behalf of the stakeholders reaffirmed their total support and commitment to ensure smooth implementation of the ongoing support to flood affected communities in the state. He also applauded the SEMA leadership for his proactive efforts to the victims.
Executive Secretary of SEMA Dr Mohammed Goje made a presentation updating stakeholders in the ongoing implementation state government flood response efforts.
He further informed the meeting that Save the Children has agreed to provide a cash stimulus support of N33,000 monthly for a period of 5months to 1300 affected flood victims in Gujba and Gulani LGAs as well as NFIs to another 1300 across other flood affected communities.
In his presentation YSCHMA Director Programmes Suleiman Dauda explained to the stakeholders YSCHMA approaches contributory scheme beneficiaries under adoption, in which contributions are made by the benefactors (philanthropist, Organisations etc.). Accordingly, in this case of specific adoption, SEMA as a contributor will defines the persons being paid for and YSCHMA will go and enroll them into the programme. The Director Programmes further explained that YSCHMA is proposing to the stakeholders an Installment premium payment plan of N3,000 monthly for a period of four months for every victim.
After an extensive and enlighten deliberation, the stakeholders unanimously agreed and endorsed the proposed partnership arrangement between SEMA and YSCHMA in the overall interest of the victims and the state and recommended that YSCHMA to ensure a strong monitoring mechanism is established to ensure the enrolled victims have unhindered access to healthcare services in their chosen facilities.
The meeting was well attended by both Hon members of Yobe House of assembly representing Gujba and Gulani, Hon Commissioner Ministry of transport and energy, Permanent secretaries from the two LGAs, Executive Chairman of Gujba Local government and other respected political leaders and top government officials.