In response to the directive from Governor Mai Mala Buni to assist victims of a tragic fire incident at the Federal University Gashu’a, the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has provided support to the affected students, including both food and non-food items,leadership reports.

The fire, which engulfed the female hostel of the Federal University Gashu’a on March 23, 2024, resulted in the tragic loss of one student’s life, with several others sustaining injuries and significant damage to their property. Dr. Mohammed Goje, the executive secretary of SEMA, emphasized that this assistance was in accordance with Governor Buni’s commitment to alleviating the suffering of those affected by disasters.

While acknowledging that the provided items cannot fully compensate for the losses incurred, Goje stated that they aim to alleviate the immediate hardships faced by the affected students as they continue their academic pursuits. These relief materials were delivered to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Maimuna Waziri, on March 29, 2024.

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Prof. Waziri expressed gratitude on behalf of the Federal University Gashu’a for the prompt response and support from the Yobe State Government. The distributed items include mattresses, rice, wrappers, sanitary pads, blankets, detergents, soap, and mosquito nets.

Furthermore, SEMA extended its assistance to victims of farmer/herder conflicts and farmers affected by fire disasters in the Fune local government area of the state. Dr. Mohammed Goje urged unity and cooperation among farmers and herders, highlighting the mutual dependency for livelihood.

Alhaji Goni Bade, the chairman of Fune local government area, praised Governor Mai Mala Buni for the timely support provided to the victims, expressing prayers for abundant rewards. Relief items distributed to these victims included rice, maize, beans, vegetable oil, nylon mats, mosquito nets, salt, blankets, tomatoes, and cubes. SEMA acknowledged the support of federal agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the North East Development Commissioner (NEDC) in complementing the state government’s efforts in disaster management.


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