Jigawa SEMA Accuses NEMA Of Sidelining Disaster Victims In The State

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Usman Abubakar Babura

Alhaji Yusuf Sani who is the Executive Secretary (ES) of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has accused the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) of sidelining disaster victims and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the state in terms of distribution of relief materials.

Sani disclosed this in an interview with our reporter in Dutse last week Monday.

He explained that Jigawa was second in the country for the accommodation of IDPs who came mostly from the Northeast while hundreds of them experienced various forms of disasters.

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The ES said that the disaster ranges from flood, windstorm, rainstorm, fire among others yet; no single relief was sent to the state.

Sani alleged that the Director General (DG) of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja sent over 1000 trailers of relief materials to his home state Yobe, and kept the material wasted in order to please his kinsmen at home at the expense of the victims.

Every blessed day we see over 100 trailers loaded with food items, clothing, and drugs with UK and USAID aid tags passing through Jigawa in spite of the fact that many IDPs from the Northeastern states were living comfortably in Jigawa, we made requests SEMA but the DG turned down our request.

In fact we wrote so many requests and even invited assessment teams of NEMA from Abuja to come and see for themselves the extent of damages caused to victims but NEMA gave deaf ears.

Presently, we recorded over 1000 families that were rendered homeless due to disasters but NEMA did not send any relief assistance to the victims:

The SEMA Boss also accused the Senator representing Jigawa Eastern senatorial zone, Alhaji Ubale Shitu and the member representing Gumel, Gagarawa, Suletankarkar and Maigatari local government areas, Malam Sani Zoro who is the chairman house committee on IDPs for allegedly hijacking relief materials meant for the state and kept it in Kano, distributing to their associates with a view to achieving their political motives.

Babura then called on the presidential committee on IDPs and NEMA to honour their request and assist disaster victims in Jigawa.

Efforts to get NEMA spokesman and the National Assembly members at the national assembly representing Jigawa state did not yield fruits as at the press time




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