Following the unfortunate flooding that affected communities in Gulani, Gujba, Damaturu, Machina, Geidam, Jakusko, Karasuwa, Bursari, Fika, Nangere and Potiskum Local Government Areas, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency SEMA in line with our collective efforts as directed by His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni and in accordance with the agency’s statutory mandates, has since commenced activities necessary for effective mitigation, victims support and Recovery.
These operational tasks are multi-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-resource which are driven and coordinated by SEMA on behalf of Yobe State Government.
The objective of SEMA’s responses is to ensure that in times of such flooding, appropriate institutional processes and procedures, coordination, and resources are in place to support those affected persons in accordance with best practices.
In view of the above, I am pleased to inform the general public and our partners that as at Saturday 23rd July 2022, we have jointly with other line MDAs, NEMA and partners carried out the following priority tasks in line with available national guidelines and frameworks for disaster responses in Nigeria.
1. In a major leadership support for the victims, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon Mai Mala Buni has directly engaged with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) leadership and also opened communication with both Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development (FM-HADMSD).
2. Also, multi-sectoral onsite assessment was carried out by his Excellency the Deputy Governor, especially the scene of flooding and collapsed bridge linking 9 wards of Gulani LGA to the rest of the state and country.
3. Equally of high importance, flooding impact Assessment was conducted across 59 communities in 10 affected and vulnerable LGAs of the state
4. We have successfully relocated all the affected Victims in worse hit communities from Gujba and Gulani LGAs to approved public places and safe host neighbouring communities
5. SEMA has provided first line food basket (Grains) to the displaced victims across 18 locations/communities. (Gujba, Gulani and Damaturu)
6. Damaturu LGA victims have been supported with Building Materials (Zink and Cement), NFIs (suppored by AAH) and as well 3 Months Food Basket (Supported by WFP)
7. An institutional arrangement has commenced between Yobe State Government and Nigerian Army to provide an alternative and improvised foldable bridge. Nigerian Army team of Engineers, SA security to HE Governor Mai Mala Buni and other stakeholders have already visited site and commence work.
8. SEMA team has concluded first level documentation of lost properties, livestock and farmlands damaged because of the flooding.
9. Yobe State Government through SEMA has completed plans and invited all resident humanitarian and development partners for a meeting to effectively plan for medium and long-term responses and recovery using the state humanitarian coordination platform to mobilize resources for effective multi-sectoral disaster responses.
Yobe State Emergency Management Agency as operational lead agency wishes to reiterate its total commitment to support all affected victims across the state by effective operational coordination (interoperability), sharing allowable information, harmonize various expertise and resources to achieve our desired response objectives of the Yobe State Government.