From Hamisu Ado Nguru
In 2022, Yobe State witnessed one of the worst flood disasters, with about 39,000 households affected. At least 74 people died with 91 others injured.
Similarly, It was estimated that over 26,290.6 hectares of land in the state had extensive flooding from August to October, 2022 mostly as a result of an overflow of dams from Kano and other states.
In a related development, the Yobe State Government in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency, was aimed at supporting the long-term recovery of Yobeans from the 2022 flood disaster and the drive for the sustainable socio-economic recovery of the country from the current challenges of oil subsidy withdrawal and high rate of inflation is timely.
Therefore, both decided to provide The SNELEI is a relief package containing food items, livelihood support materials including improved seeds and stools would go a long way in closing the gaps created by subsidy removal thereby boosting the 2022 flood disaster-affected households’ income and agricultural productivity.
Launching the relief items in Damaturu, the state capital, Governor Mai Mala Buni discloses that the FederalGovernment through NEMA came up with SNELEI programme with the sole objective of bringing succour to the victims of 2022 flood disaster in Yobe State.
He said: “The Phase 1 SNELEI intervention which I am about to flag off today, targets over 9000 beneficiaries out of the 24, 640 registered victims”
“The beneficiaries who cut across all the 17 Local Government Areas were carefully identified by Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) that would benefit from this package”.
In his speech, the Director, National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, stated that, “The flood disaster which devastated man communities across the country including here in Yobe State”
“Following the flood, search and rescue operations were successfully conducted in several locations where trapped persons were rescued and given necessary care”.
“Immediately after the flood incident, damage and loss assessment were conducted and relief items approved by the Federal Government were delivered across the states to complement initial intervention by the state Governments”.