Jos — Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State inaugurated the Governing Council of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) yesterday, charging the members to begin work immediately to determine how available resources could be utilised to make victims of flood disaster in parts of the state engage in dry season farming to make up for the loses that the flooding caused.
"The Federal Government has just sent fertiliser, water pumps, and other materials to boost dry season farming and there is the N500 million flood relief fund. You need to go to work immediately and determine how these money and materials can be deployed to enhance dry season farming and mitigate the losses caused by flood," the governor said.
The SEMA Governing Council draws its membership from relevant ministries and departments as well as security agencies with the state deputy governor, Ignatius Longjan as chairman and SEMA Executive Secretary, Alhassan Barde, as secretary.
Governor Jang told the leaders and members of the council to regard their duty as a humanitarian one which they must discharge diligently.
Members of the SEMA Governing Council include commissioners from the ministries of Environment, Water Resources, Agriculture, Housing & Urban Development, Health, Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Finance, Information & Communications, Education, Culture & Tourism, Justice, Works and Transport, as well as heads of agencies, including the state Fire Service, Operation Rainbow, the Nigeria Police, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Army, State Security Service (SSS), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI).