Usman Abubakar Babura
Jigawa state Emergency Management Agency [SEMA] has accused the National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] over what it called sidelining of disasters victims and internally displaced persons living in the state in terms distribution of relief materials.
The executive secretary of the Agency Alhaji Yusuf Sani Bubara gave the bashing during a press briefing in office saying that this year no single consignment of relief materials allocated to the state.
He said that Jigawa was second in terms of accommodating IDPS, who came from the North East while hundreds of people experienced various form of disasters this year in the state, ‘’ we have Internally displaced person in the state , ‘’we have victims of flood disasters windstorm and rainstorm together with victims of heavy rains with blocks in the state, but yet nothing is supplied to the state relief assistance for the victims from the Federal government this year,’’ Sani Babura further stated.
Alhaji Yusuf Babura alleged that the director general of NEMA Alhaji Mustpah Maihaja deployed over 1000, trailers of relief materials to his state Yobe, and kept the materials in stock lying wasted in order to please his kinsmen at the expense of the victims.
‘’Every blessing day we see over 100 trailers loaded with food items ,clothing drugs with tags UK ids, UN aids, USAID aids, passing through Jigawa but yet , despite the fact that IDPS from the north Eastern states live in Jigawa comfortably, but the DG turns down our requests’’, he lamented.
He said that his Agency wrote so many request to NEMA and invited their assessment teams to Jigawa state to see for themselves the extent of loss incurred by victims of flood, wind storm disaster, as well as victims who lost their food and cash crops as a result of heavy down pour together with ice blocks In some parts of the state, but NEMA left on its deaf ears.
The Executive secretary disclosed that now they have on recorded through the reports that over 1000.00 households rendered homeless but the NEMA were yet send a single consignment as relief assistance to those victims.
He also castigated senator represent Jigawa East senatorial zone and member representing Gumel, Ggarawa, Sule tankarkar and Maigatari Federal Constituency who chairman House of representatives committee on IDPS Comrade Muhammad Sani Zorro for hijacking the relief materials meant for Jigawa state and keep them in Kano which they distribute to their constituencies with a view to achieve their selfish political motives.
Babura then called the presidential committee on IDPS, its counterpart of flood as well as NEMA to honour their requests so that they assist the such disaster victims IDPS of the state.