Plateau - The Plateau House of Assembly on Wednesday in Jos passed the bill establishing State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill had been with the relevant committee of the Assembly since January.
Reacting to the passage, the Acting Secretary of SEMA, Mr Alhassan Barde, said it had ended a 10-year struggle by officials of the agency for legal backing.
``We have every cause to thank God, the state Executive Council, the House of Assembly and the Judiciary for this.
``SEMA Plateau will now work within the framework of the law to ameliorate effect of natural disaster on individuals.
``With SEMA law in place, we will have the opportunity to have full support from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),” he said.
The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, had during a visit to Plateau, urged the state government to urgently pass the bill into law.
Sidi decried a situation where every minor disaster in Plateau was referred to NEMA, adding that the myriad of conflicts recorded in Plateau had been tasking its efforts.