NADMO calls for concerted efforts to promote earthquake risk assessment

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Oct 13,
GNA – The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has called for
concerted efforts to create more awareness on the need to have a major
earthquake risk assessment.

Mr Eric Nana
Agyeman-Prempeh, Director-General of NADMO said the issue should be taken
seriously that people were feasting under the sword of damocles, and praying
that it never strikes.

He said it was
gratifying, however, that a committee set up under the direction of the
President to develop “A Comprehensive Framework for Refocusing National
Earthquake Preparedness and Response” had almost completed its work.

That
notwithstanding, there was a need for a major earthquake risk assessment that
would reveal the real vulnerability of the nation.

“Have we
thought of the possibility of some of our critical infrastructure such as
Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Kotoka International Airport, Weija Dam, and
others, collapsing as a result of a severe earthquake?” he asked.

Mr
Agyemang-Prempeh made the call in a speech read on his behalf during the
commemoration of the “International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019”
in Accra.

The event held
on the theme: “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption
of basic services” was organised by NADMO and the Green Africa Youth
Organisation (GAYO) in partnership with Africa Youth Advisory Board on Disaster
Risk Reduction under the African Union Commission.

It was climaxed
with a quiz competition, which registered selected second cycle institutions,
namely the West African Senior High School (WASS), Abuakwa State College, Tepa
Senior High School (SHS) and Tamale SHS.

Mr
Agyemang-Prempeh said NADMO had developed a strategy to bring on board youth in
the disaster risk reduction drive.

He said the
strategy was called “Institutional Arrangement to Engage Young ones in Disaster
Risk Reduction”, dubbed: “Catch them Young”.

He further
explained that the purpose of the strategy was to leverage on young ones’
abilities as agents of change, and vigorously engage them as disaster risk
ambassadors in their communities and in their homes.

Mr
Agyemang-Prempeh pointed out that it was on record of instances where children,
having knowledge about disaster risk reduction, have been able to save their
households and their communities.

“Mr David Osei
Owusu, Registrar, Institute of Local Government Studies, also noted that given
the high death rolls during earthquakes, it was important that great care was
taken to ensure that schools and hospitals were built to last by ensuring that
location, hazard-appropriate planning regulations, and building codes were
enforced.

He said at the
Institute they were convinced that a partnership with NADMO would help address
some of these local problems.

Mr Owusu, said:
“the Institute will continue to push for policy reforms that will deepen
democracy and development of our localities”.

At the end of
the contest, Tepa SHS scored 77 points to emerge as the winners.

While WASS,
Tamale SHS and Abuakwa State College, placed second, third and fourth with 67
points, 60 points and 24 points, respectively.

GNA

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