Governor Shettima Appoints Yabawa Kolo As New SEMA Boss

By: Gbenga Akingbule

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has appointed Hajia Yabawa Kolo as the new Executive Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) – an action to further place women in key positions in the state.

Kolo was until her appointment the Director of Women Affairs at the state ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. She was also a broadcaster with Borno State Radio Television Corporation where she left indelible foot print.

Governor Shettima’s administration has been very passionate about SEMA – an agency that caters for the well being of over one million Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other emergency cases hence the appointment of Kolo will not be an easy task.

Kolo however, believes she’s got all it takes to deliver on her appointment, she feels the governor has once again demonstrated firm belief and commitment in the ability of women to handle key positions within his administration.

“I’m immensely grateful to Almighty Allah and our dynamic governor for giving me the rare opportunity to serve my state in this new capacity.

“Governor Shettima has through my appointment further indicated that some positions are not the exclusive preserve of a particular gender, the governor believes in the ability of the women folk, and has continued to appoint women into sensitive positions; we will not let the governor and the people of Borno State down,” Kolo said.

Hajia Yabawa Kolo, new Borno SEMA Boss

Hajia Kolo expressed her readiness to hit the ground running and key into the governor’s vision of making life more meaningful to thousands of people that have been displaced as a result of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.

“My mission is to consolidate on the the achievements so far recorded. SEMA under my watch will continue to collaborate with local and international organizations with the aim of achieving our set out objectives. I will not leave any stone unturned in discharging my responsibility,” Kolo said.

A statement released by the Secretary to the Borno State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda stated that Kolo’s appointment takes immediate effect. gathered that Hajia Yabawa Kolo is the first woman to be appointed to head SEMA since its establishment in 2013.



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