General News of Tuesday, 2 October 2018
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa North, Hon. James Agalga has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to as a matter of urgency operationalize the Disaster Management Fund.
According to the former deputy Minister of Interior, NADMO needs adequate resources to enable it execute its mandate which include disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction and therefore will be of great help of the Disaster Management Fund is operationalized.
He said the previous administration led by John Dramani Mahama was mindful of the critical role of NADMO and therefore, took steps to re-enact the National Disaster Management Organization Act, 2016, Act 927.
The act, in a progressive manner provided for the establishment of the National Disaster Management Fund to provide the needed financial resources for the development and operation of disaster prevention, disaster risk reduction and climate change risk reduction.
Hon. Agalga maintained that the fund is yet to be established notwithstanding the poor state of finances of NADMO.
In his view, it was time for Ghana and Burkina Faso to work closely to ensure that the Volta Basin Authority which was created in 2006 to manage in a holistic manner the water resources in the Volta River Basin shared by the two countries is effective in order to prevent potential conflict.
Hon. Agalga however, convened his heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their beloved ones as a result of the massive flooding that recently occurred in parts of the three regions in the north, namely; Builsa North, Talensi, Kasena Nankani East, Binduri, Nandom, Wa West, West and East Gonja, Tolon, Kumbungu, West and East Namprusi, amongst others.
Hon James Agalga said, aside the destruction caused by the recent floods, it was important to draw the attention to the fact that flooding in Northern Ghana has become an annual affair which results in the loss of lives, destruction of thousands of hectares of farmlands and varieties of crops and livestock in a manner that is preventable.