Forty (40) final year class of Hazards and Disaster Management students of the Department of Geography and Rural Development from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, have visited the offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to familiarize themselves with how the organisation operates.
The students, led by Dr. Dacosta Aboagye, a lecturer, were received and welcomed by some Deputy Director-Generals and Directors of NADMO at the main conference room after which they were briefed on how NADMO generally operates.
Mr. Daniel Kwaku Denteh, Deputy Director-General in-charge of Finance and Administration in a welcome remark stated that the organisation was adopting new ways of managing disasters and similar emergencies so as to minimize the impact of disasters on victims and the economy. “NADMO is now focusing more on preventive other than reactive measures of managing disasters. This, we believe will go a long way to reduce the effects of disasters in the country”, he stated.
The Director in-charge of Policy Planning, Mr. Kofi Koranteng Abrokwah, in a brief presentation, said; “We have to hold ourselves responsible for some of the unfortunate situations we are facing today, because in our attempt to find a lasting solution to the problem, we have rather worked to worsen the situation”.
He however said, in order to reverse the current trend, there was the need to take Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) seriously in all aspects of our lives so as to reduce the risks, stressing that, the Sendai Framework for Action contained all the guiding principles aimed at reducing disasters in Ghana and the world at large.
For his part, the Director for Inspectorate Department, Mr. Amo Yartey, spoke generally on the role and mandate of NADMO. According to him NADMO’s main aim was to manage disasters and similar emergencies as well as play coordinating role in responding to disasters of any kind.
The students were later led to the organisation’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) where incidents of disasters and other emergencies that have occurred in any part of the country are reported and showed on screens for swift response.
Mr. Kekeli Degboe, head of the EOC, briefed the students on how the centre operates. He said similar structure could be found in selected regions of the country such as Ashanti and Western Regions.
In an interview with one of the students, Ms Marilyn Osei Asibey, she said the visit was an eye opener, as it gave them a deeper understanding of what NADMO really does as an organisation, but not only involved in the distribution of relief items during disasters.
The students were also given the platform to ask questions.
Messrs. Abu Ramadan, Deputy Director-General in-charge of Operations, Prince Offei Agyemang, Deputy Communication Director and some staff of NADMO were also present at the meeting.