By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has appealed to residents of Kajuru Local Government Area to live in peace with one another, lamenting that funds that would have been used in providing infrastructure is being channelled into security and provision of relief materials to internally displaced persons and victims of crisis.
Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr. Ben Kure made the appeal during distribution of relief materials to over 4100 IDPs in Maranan Kajuru on Saturday March 23, 2019.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal for peaceful coexistence. Kaduna State government is spending much on security and relief items for conflicts, such money could be better invested into infrastructure like schools and roads,” he said.
The Executive Secretary, who was represented by acting Director Relief and Disaster Management, Yau Abdullahi Mahmoud on behalf of Kaduna State Government, thanked Christian Aid and partners, African Centre For Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) with support from START Network for the gesture.
“A few days ago there was unknown gunmen attack in Kajuru LGA, the victims left their homes and established camps and today one of our partners, Christian Aid provided non food items to one of the camps.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank Christian Aid on behalf of his Excellency, Governor Nasir el-Rufai for this noble gesture,” he added.
He said that as a give committed to the welfare of its citizens, it had through SEMA visited the Maraba Kajuru Camp to donate items.
“Just yesterday, we were at the IDP camp in Doka to present relief items,” he added.
Items donated by Christian Aid and distributed to the 1,352 households included 6 mats, 6 buckets, washing detergent, sanitary pads, textile materials, children clothing, mosquito nets, bathing soap and others to each of the households.