Accra Oct. 20, 2018,
GNA – The Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly has put in place a comprehensive
disaster mitigation plan with the necessary financial and logistical support to
holistically deal with disasters and their related occurrences in the municipality.
The Municipal Chief
Executive (MCE) Mr. Kofi Ofori stated this at Mallam Market in Accra where the
Municipal National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) had an educational
programme dubbed ‘’DISASTER MITIGATION’’ for the market women.
Mr. Ofori said, the
plan alone would not achieve the desired results if residents did not adhere to
simple fire precautions and safety tips.
The handling of
domestic electrical gadgets and other appliances he said must be critically
Mr. Ofori advised the
market women to avoid leaving naked fires, cool-pot and other things likely to
cause fire and havoc at the market.
The Greater Accra
Regional NADMO Director Mr. Archibold Cobbina expressed displeasure about the
indiscrimination throwing of garbage into gutters, which he said was a major
cause of floods in the municipality and advised that the practice should be
Company of Ghana (E.C.G), Mr. Cobbina
said, would be asked to go round to disconnect all illegal connections which
were a major cause of fire outbreaks.
Mr. Evans Anakwa the
Regional NADMO Hydro Director said about 90 percent of disasters in the region
were man-made and preventable.
Mr. Anakwa said the
practice of building in water ways and dumping of garbage into drains should be
He encouraged citizens
to report anyone seen dumping garbage into drains to the Greater Accra Regional
NADMO Office for prosecution.
The Municipal Director
of NADMO Mr. Kwaku Duah said for the first nine months of this year, nine
disasters had been recorded; five floods affecting 153 victims, 52 casualties
resulting from four fire outbreaks and six deaths from fire.
Mr. Duah described the
municipality as flood- prone area and called for attitudinal change by the
He said the programme
was the first in the series of educational programmes going to be undertaken by
NADMO in the municipality.
Disaster prevention, Mr. Duah said was the
collective responsibility of all citizens and called for their maximum co-operation
to mitigate its reduction.
The Ghana National
Fire Service (GNFS) did a simulation exercise to teach the market women how to
put off fire in case of accidental fire in the kitchen.