Gt. Accra Disaster Management Committees Inaugurated

Some of the committee members after the inauguration

THE NATIONAL Disaster Management
Organization (NADMO) has inaugurated disaster management committees in seven
assemblies within the Greater Accra Region.

The
inauguration which took place at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) led to
the formation of committees at Tema West, Ledzokuku-Krowor, La-Dadekotopon,
Ashaiman, Kpone-Katamanso and Ayawaso West.

A
similar inauguration took place at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and
Ayawaso East, Ayawaso North, Ayawaso Central and Ayawaso West.

The
committee comprises members from the NADMO, Ghana Police Service (GPS), Ghana
Armed Forces (GAF), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana National Fire Service
(GNFS), Ghana Education Service (GES), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and
Planning Officers of the Assemblies, including the Department of Social Welfare.

Mandates of the committees include
developing strategies and giving early warning signals to pre-empt the possible
occurrence of disasters in the region.

Besides, the committees are
expected to look at climate change as a development challenge, as well as
educate members of the public on the need to desist from negative activities
such as deforestation, bush burning, sand winning and the construction of
buildings on water ways which have the potential to cause flooding.

During the inauguration, the Greater
Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, said
the committees were being created under section 13 (2) of Act 517 of 1996.

“Twenty
years after its establishment, a new law was passed 2016 (Act 927) to give the
organization more responsibilities and resources to carry out its mandates,” he
stated. He tasked members of the committee
to work hard and churn out positive results.

Eric
Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, Director-General
of NADMO, said the government was committed to disaster prevention to ensure the safety of the public.

The
Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema, Nii Anna-La, touted the successes chalked
up by the Tema Metro NADMO.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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