YOSEMA EMERGES BEST HUMANITARIAN AGENCY, AS GOJE ATTRIBUTES SUCCESS TO BUNI, MEDIA PARTNERSHIP

 

By Inusa Ndahi, MAIDUGURI

The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) has bagged the best agency in Emergency Management at the annual Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA) 2020.

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This is even as the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Mohammed Goje attributed the successes recorded following the support YOSEMA got from Governor Mai Mala Buni and the cordial relationship that exists between the agency and media practitioners working in the state.

Dr. Goje revealed this at the week end while interacting with Journalists to mark the end of year 2020 which took place at his private residence in Damaturu the state capital.

He said since he came on board YOSEMA with full support from Governor Buni, other humanitarian  partners including National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and media practitioners helped in smooth implementation of the State Humanitarian, Disaster and Emergency Related Activities in a coordinated and principled response to emergencies in Yobe State.

The construction and inauguration of houses for internally displaced persons in the state despite all odds according to Goje was what earned YOSEMA the Emergency management category of SAEMA 2020.

He pointed out that the Agency has been in the spotlight for its effectiveness in carrying out its well defined functions which include, institutional collaborations and coordination, disaster risk assessment, disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation, disaster response and disaster recovery.

Goje who is an Epidemiologist and Humanitarian analyst, Dr Goje has Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics who has also acquired experiences in various areas of work which include program planning and coordination, proposal and work plan development, advocacy, vaccines and Immunization, capacity building, project coordination, supervision, data collection and analysis injected such experiences into YOSEMA when he came on board as its Boss.

His words: ” We in YOSEMA are very proud of our Governor, His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni for his support and cooperation. I want to acknowledge the contributions from other humanitarian actors and the media for a job well done.

“During the year under review, we were able to cushion the hardship faced by our vulnerable groups such as thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) particularly in our 3-Gs Local Government Areas of Gujba, Gulani and Gaidam.

“We were able to distribute relief items to over 40,000 less privileged across the 17 LGAs as directed by the Governor, these comprised of People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs), old age people, pregnant women excetra.

“We have empowered women groups and youths across the 178 Wards in the 17 Local Governmenr Areas by giving them skills acquisition machines to improve their economic fortune, especially during the lockdown following the Covid-19 Global Pandemic.

“We were also one of the state that started and distributed Federal Government palliatives, surprisingly, at the time when some hoodlums were busy looting FG palliatives in other states, here in Yobe, we had all distributed and emptied our stores.

“On flood disaster which took place in prone areas of Bade in Gashua, Gaidam and Bursari Local Government Areas, we assisted over 6,770 victims whose houses, farmlands and places of businesses were submerged.

Just last week, the governor gave approval for the reconstruction of the 51 shops which were razed down by fire in Potiskum town, presently, we have rebuilt 42 shops and the remaining ones will be completed this week so that the affected traders would go back to their normal businesses and continue their livelihood.” Goje stated. End

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