Ghana: NADMO urged to address earthquake issues decisively

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has been tasked with preparing to deal effectively with issues related to the earthquake, in order to reduce its impact on the country, if any.

Home Secretary Ambrose Dery, who made the appeal, called on NADMO to deal decisively with vulnerabilities and exposures to earthquakes, in order to reduce its impact if it were to occur.

He said that NADMO was critical to Ghana’s response to the earthquake risks facing the country, and called on the organization’s reconstituted board to promote operational efficiency and pay attention to the good. -being of staff.

The Minister was speaking yesterday in Accra at the inauguration of the NADMO Board of Directors, chaired by Brigadier General (Brg Gen) Kwame Oppong-Kyekyeku (rtd).

Other members include Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, Managing Director of NADMO; Dominic A. Agyemang, Ministry of the Interior, Abena Osei Asare, Deputy Minister of Finance; Tina Gifty Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health; Rev. Nii Amoo Darku, National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Risk Management; Robert Patrick Thomas Ankobeah, Chief Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Humu Abubakar, NADMO.

The others are Kingsford Addai, NADMO; Peter Justice Dery, Department of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Osei Bonsu Amoah, Deputy Minister of Local Communities, Rural Development and Decentralization; Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Emmanuel Osei Bediako, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Reverend Stephen Yaw Osei, Ministry of Works and Housing.

Mr. Dery urged the board to ensure the well-being of NADMO staff and improve human resources, saying “I would like to implore you to build the capacity of the staff and make them effective, efficient and productive.”

Make decisions that would transform NADMO into a world-class disaster management institution, ”he added.

Mr. Dery asked board members to be guided by his duties as set out in Article 8 of the National Disaster Management Organization Act 2016 (Act 927).

Brig. General Oppong-Kyekyeku (rtd), on behalf of the other members, expressed his gratitude to the government for the opportunity to contribute to national development.

He also pledged the board’s commitment to address the disaster-related challenges facing the country.

Brig. General Oppong-Kyekyeku (rtd) said “we will put our resources, knowledge and experiences together to support NADMO in carrying out its mandate”.

He said the Council was aware of the effects of climate change on the country and that it would work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerability to earthquakes refers to the propensity of exposed items such as humans, their livelihoods and assets to be adversely affected when affected by disasters, while exposures are the inventory of items in an area where hazardous events may occur.

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