Thursday, 8 August 2019

C’river will need over N1billion to combat for disasters – SEMA

Mr. Ayim Princewill Director General, SEMA - CRS

Ukorebi Esien | 08 August 2019

CALABAR - The Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Ayim Princewill has said that the state will need over one billion Naira to combat both natural and man-made disasters in the state. TDN reports 

Speaking in Calabar, during a chat with newsmen, Mr. Ayim who recently assumed office as DG owing to the dead of the former DG noted that the SEMA, being an image making agency of the government which the government can't do without was basically set up to manage and control disaster, stating that working with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA as its mother body, SEMA has been able to reach out to several Cross Riverians with disaster related issues.
Ayim who explained that Flooding, Fire outbreak, rising internally displaced persons, increasing number of Refugees, incessant communal clashes etc are some of the disasters the agency is currently battling with in the state also revealed that the state currently houses one of the highest numbers of refugees in the country with a total of 27,280 refugees' resident in the state.

Speaking further, Ayim revealed that "SEMA will be needing more than a billion Naira to take care some of these disasters we are having across the 18 local government areas of the state". He Informed.

Ayim Further lamented that the Agency is yet to have a well-structured ware house of its own, including other facilities such as Ambulances, Vehicles etc stating that although the agency gets supports from NEMA but NEMA only fund disasters not facilities.

His word: "We don't have a proper warehouse, we are tenant to Chronicles, sometime ago when NIMASA assisted us with relief materials these hoodlums went behind our makeshift warehouse, bursted the wall of the Chronicle building, tried to access the building, put fire on the door so that when it falls off they can go in to cart away the materials, unfortunately the fire escalated and they ran away. You can imagine it is a makeshift warehouse."

He therefore called on well-meaning Nigerians, NGO's, international donors etc. to assist the agency in meeting up the demands the growing refugees in the state by assisting them with shelter and affordable means of livelihood while appreciating the efforts of the state government, NEMA, The United Nations High Commission on Refugees so far.
Mr. Ayim also lamented the non volunteering attitude of youths in the state, informing that the Agency which currently works with over 45 volunteers is in need of more hands.