Benue Assembly Pats SEMA On Humanitarian Efforts

The Benue State House of Assembly Committee on Rules and Business earlier today had a Familiarization Meeting with the management of Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BENUE SEMA) led by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Shior.
The meeting which was held at the office of the Majority Leader and Chairman of the Committee Rt. Hon. Damian Cheme was at the instance of the Committee.

Welcoming the SEMA team, the Chairman said the meeting was to familiarize with the Agency which is under its oversight jurisdiction and also know its challenges in order to help make it more effective in disaster management in the State.
Briefing the committee, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr. Emmanuel Shior explained that the core mandate of the Agency was to respond to emergency situations as well as coordinate activities of response partners. He said,at the moment, the Agency is taking care over 400 thousand Internally Displaced Persons from the Fulani attacks as well as the Cameroonian Refugees in Kwande local government. He also outlined some of the challenges faced by the Agency to include among other things,inadequate funding and lack of manpower to run the Agency more efficiently.

The Executive Secretary decried the non-remittance of budgetary allocation to the Agency which has adversely affected rapid response from the Agency. He however, commended the state Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom and other international and local partners for standing by the Agency to reach out to victims of disasters.
Speaking on the level of preparedness towards responding to the outcome of the impending flood as predicted, Mr. Shior revealed that already, the Agency is set to procure food and non food items that would be given to those affected. The Executive Secretary also revealed that, highlands have been identified to relocate those who will be affected. He however, called on members of the public to take the warning notice seriously in order to avert monumental damages in the event the flood occurs.
Speaking separately, some of the members of the committee including Hon. Ben Mngutyo, Hon. Cephas Dyako, Hon. Godwin Abu Edo and Hon. Thomas Mlanga all commended the Executive Secretary for his solid stance at responding to emergencies as well as his transparency in the discharge of his duties at SEMA. They all assure the Agency of its full support.
Also speaking, the chairman of the Committee and Majority Leader, Rt. Hon. Damian Cheme assured the Agency of the legislators' full support, promising to press on the Executive to look into the challenges of the Agency with a view to tackling them to enable the Agency function better.
The Executive Secretary was accompanied by the Accountant of the Agency, Mr. Stephen Burbwa and the Information Officer, Mr. Dickson Mishi.

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