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About Benue State Emergency Management Agency

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA) was established in 2006 through Act 12, as amended by Act 50 of 1999. As a government agency, BSEMA is responsible for coordinating and managing emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts in Benue State, Nigeria.

The primary purpose of BSEMA is to mitigate the impact of various hazards, including natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods, as well as technological accidents, public health crises, and acts of terrorism. By developing comprehensive emergency plans, BSEMA ensures that the community is prepared to face these threats effectively.

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency works closely with multiple stakeholders, including government agencies, first responders such as the police, fire, and medical services, volunteer organizations, community groups, and private sector entities. Collaboration with these stakeholders is crucial for establishing effective communication networks and coordinating resources to ensure a coordinated and efficient response during emergencies.

In addition to coordinating emergency response operations, BSEMA also plays a significant role in facilitating the recovery process after disasters or emergencies. This involves assisting affected individuals and communities in restoring their lives, infrastructure, and essential services.

Overall, The Benue State Emergency Management Agency’s main duties include coordinating emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, making sure that the community is prepared to face various hazards, and working with stakeholders to achieve a coordinated and effective emergency management system. Stakeholders include government organizations, first responders (police, fire, and medical services), volunteer organizations, community groups, and private sector entities. To provide a planned and successful response to emergencies, they will develop reliable communication networks and coordinate resources.

PRINCIPAL STAFF/GOVERNING COUNCIL

  • Benue State Planning Commission (BENSESA)
  • The State Ministry of Health
  • The State Ministry of Works
  • The State Fire Service
  • The State Ministry of Water Resources and Environment
  • The State Environmental Protection Agency (RUWASSA)
  • The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria
  • The National Emergency Management Agency
  • The Nigeria Police;
  • The Federal Road Safety Commission;
  • The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps
  • The Nigerian Red Cross Society;
  • The Ministry of Information
  • Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development
  • The colander of the Disaster Reduction Unit in the State, as designated by the National Emergency Management Agency;
  • The Executive Secretary of the Agency

Duties and Responsibilities of the Agency Shall

  • To formulate policy on all activities relating to disaster management in the state and coordinate the plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disasters in the state;
  • To coordinate and promote research activities relating to disaster management in the state.
  • To monitor the state of preparedness of all organizations or agencies, which may contribute to disaster management in the state.
  • To collate data from relevant agencies so as to enhance forecasting, planning and field operation of disaster management;
  • To educate and inform the public on disaster prevention and control measures;
  • To coordinate and facilitate the provision of necessary resources for search and rescue and other types of disaster curtailment activities in response to distress call;
  • To coordinate the activities of all voluntary organizations engaged in emergency relief operations in any part of the state.
  • To receive financial and technical aid from national and international organizations and non-governmental agencies for the purpose of disaster management in the state and account for same;
  • To collect emergency relief supply from local, and foreign sources and from international and non-governmental agencies and administer same;
  • To distribute emergency relief materials to victims of natural or other disasters and assist in the rehabilitation of victims where necessary;
  • To liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency or such other national and international bodies as may be necessary, for the reduction of natural and other disasters;
  • To liaise with Local Government Emergency Management Committees established under section 13 of this law to assess and monito where necessary, they distribution of relief materials to disaster victims;
  • To process relief assistance to such states of the Federation as may be determined by the Agency;
  • To prepare the annual budget for disaster management in the state; and
  • Perform such other functions which, in the opinion of the Agency, are required for the purpose of achieving its objectives under this law.