Mr Seji Saji, Deputy Director General (Technical and Reforms) of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), has inaugurated Districts Disaster Management Committees at the Sege district assembly.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Seji Saji, the Director General of NADMO, Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, emphasized that NADMO was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 517 in the year 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 which include but not limited to the following”;
•Be responsible for the implementation of Government policy on disaster prevention, disaster risk reduction and climate risk management.
•Prepare, co-ordinate, monitor and update disaster management plans.
•Identify, map up hazards and monitor the hazards.
•Collaborate with communities and relevant institutions through the dissemination of information to educate the public.
•And to facilitate the development of communities and community-based Organizations.
The disaster management committee at the national level is chaired by the interior minister, regional level chaired by the regional minister and at metro/municipal/district level chaired by the MMDCEs.
The Director General, Regional Director and the District or Municipal Directors of NADMO are secretaries to the committees.
Mr Seji Saji commended President Nana Akufo -Addo for resourcing NADMO with additional funds through the common Fund, which has historically ensured timely transfer of funds to the regional and district offices to enhance their work.
“As part of the Director General’s vision to reposition NADMO, he has introduced a programme by name ‘Catch them young’. This is to introduce disaster prevention by way of establishing disaster clubs within the tertiary, secondary and primary school levels.
The pilot programme has been successful and very soon it would be launched in full scale. Additionally, we are also engaging the Ghana Education Service to put disaster prevention in the curriculum as a subject to be taught in schools”, he disclosed.
He also revealed that Vehicles and Motor Bicycles are ready at their warehouse for distribution to enhance their movement in preparing and responding to disaster.
The inauguration at the Sege assembly hall included Ada West and Ada East District.