The Executive Secretary of State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA) Kano, Engr. Abubakar Jibril has disclosed that 14 local government councils in the state were affected by flood this year.
Engr. Jibril who disclosed this at the continuation of relief materials distributions to displaced people in some of local government areas in the company of officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) pointed out that while the Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso provided the initial supports to the victims, the federal government through NEMA also donated truckloads of food items and building materials.
While commending NEMA for its efforts so far in relief assistance, Engr. Jibrin urged the agency to also look at the area of rehabilitation process where it could assist Rehabilitation Centres for aged, Handicaped and retarded people especially since part of NEMA’s mandate is to “distribute emergency relief material to victims of natural or other disasters and assist in the rehabilitation of the victims, where necessary.”
The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi said the gesture of the agency was part of its mandate to provide relief materials to victims of natural and man-induced disaster in the country and would continue to assist whenever the need arises.
Represented by the Head of Public Affairs in NEMA, Yushau A. Shuaib, the NEMA boss called on the state government to activate and adequately fund its emergency outfit to enable discharge it duties as required by the statutory laws. He also commended the state governor for working towards passing a law for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
The Chairman of Bichi Local government council, Alhaji Musa Kambai Sumaila while receiving some of the items on behalf of the victims in his area commended the open and transparent distributions process by both the state and federal governments in ensuring that the real victims are the beneficiaries of the relief interventions.