Commissioning of 25M footbridge at Alogboshie

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaborations with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Norwegian Embassy on Wednesday 10th May, 2017 commissioned a 25M foot bridge at Alogboshie as part of the Community Resilience for Early Warning (CREW) Project.

Present at the ceremony were Hon. Ismael Ashietey (Greater Accra Regional Minister), Mr. Dominic Sam (UNDP Country Director), H.E Hege Hertsberg (Norwegian Ambassador), Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh (Director General of NADMO), Dr. Kingsford Asamoah (Project Manager CREW) and Mr. Emmanuel Nii (Chief of Alogboshie).

In his remarks, the Director General of NADMO, Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh said the commissioning of the bridge marks the beginning of a change in disaster management with the country, from response to disaster risk reduction (DRR). He also mentioned that in the coming weeks NADMO with its collaborators would be commissioning nine (9) comparable disaster risk reduction projects throughout the country.

The UNDP Country director, Mr. Dominic Sam and the Norwegian Ambassador, H.E Hege Hertsberg in their addresses said the construction of the bridge could be a life changer for the people of Alogboshie and that even during heavy rains; children would be able to move to and from school and back to their homes.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ismael Ashietey who delivered the key note addresses and later commissioned the foot bridge among others, also assured that the government’s priority as far as Disaster Management is concerned is to strengthen disaster risk reduction capacities by providing communities with the infrastructure, systems, and knowledge to build their resilience.

NADMO MARKS IDDR WITH QUIZ PROGRAMME


The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaboration with Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, has organised a quiz programme dubbed “What Do You Know” to mark this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Accra. It was under the theme “Reduce Disaster Damage to Critical Infrastructure and Disruption of Basic Services.


The colourful event, held at the Institute of Local Government Studies, was formally opened by Mr. Seji Saji, Deputy Director-General (Technical/Reforms) of NADMO. He, on behalf of NADMO’s Director-General, stressed the importance of protecting our critical infrastructure as a nation and also admonished citizens to take caution against the threats of disasters, particularly earthquakes.

“The theme for this year is timely for our nation as we have a major reason to protect our critical infrastructure. Even though we have been aware of this threat over the years, our actions and inactions in respect of this phenomenon have engendered for the nation a vulnerability of high proportion,” he noted. He mentioned the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Kotoka International Airport and the Weija Dam as some of the critical infrastructures that need pragmatic actions
He however, commended the President for setting up a committee to design and come out with a comprehensive framework for refocusing national earthquake preparedness and response.


The event also attracted participants from government agencies, civil society groups, the media, Schools and the private sector. Participating schools for the “what Do You Know Quiz” were; Tepa Senior High School, Tamale Senior High School, Abuakwa State College and the West Africa Senior High School. After a long hustle and tussle of keen disaster related questions and answer segments among the four schools, Abuakwa State College came up with 24 points earning them the 4TH position, Tamale Senior High School came up with 60 points earning them the 3rd position, whilst the West Africa Senior High School came 2nd with 67 points. The winner for the day, Tepa Senior High School came up with 77 points.
The students were awarded with various prizes. The quiz master was Mr. Dan Afari Yeboah
Mr. George Kwadwo Ayisi, Director of Communication for NADMO moderated the programme.

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