NADMO’s new boss takes office

The newly appointed Director-General for the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh has been handed the baton to the office of Director-General at a colourful but brief handing over ceremony at the NADMO Headquarters in Accra.

The ceremony, graced by some government officials and traditional leaders came off last Friday March 17, 2017.

The immediate past Director-General of NADMO, Brigadier General Francis Vib-Sanziri in a farewell message congratulated his successor and his deputies on their appointments and called on the new leadership to endeavour to steer the affairs of the organisation to memorable heights in line with its vision of making Ghana a resilient nation.  

He mentioned the lack of training for staff, inadequate logistic support, insufficient budgetary allocation for in-housing administration and the late approval for relief purchases as some challenges facing the organisation. “I believe the presence of the Senior Minister and other dignitaries who I know can take up the challenges to make NADMO a more responsible stakeholder in the management of emergencies and disasters”.

Brig. Gen. Vib-Sanziri therefore expressed his gratitude to staff members for their cooperation during his stay with NADMO and urged them to extend same maximum support and cooperation to the new leadership for the smooth running of the organisation; adding, “NADMO cannot afford to fail the people of Ghana in carrying its mandate”.

The newly-appointed Director-General, for his part, expressed appreciation to his predecessors and staff of the organisation  for making NADMO what it is today; “I therefore look forward in the warmest of spirits to a good working union with everyone; NADMO must go beyond being a reactive organisation. Managing disasters means not only providing relief support for distressed persons but also, doing all we can to forestall the occurrence of disasters in the first place”, he stated.

Nana Agyeman-Prempeh expressed his preparedness to ensure that adequate awareness was created ahead of this year’s rains following the Meteorological Services Department earlier indications of heavy rainfall this year.
He said NADMO would collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure that measures were put in place to set up an in-house Training Centre where “We can continually train staff and volunteers for the huge task ahead.”

He said the centre would also be used to coordinate education on disaster prevention and management for the benefit of the broader majority of Ghanaians.

On workers’ salaries, Nana Agyeman-Prempeh expressed his commitment to work closely with the incoming Chairman and Council to ensure that there was some improvement in that regard.

Present at the ceremony included the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Members of Parliament, traditional leaders as well as management and staff of NADMO.

UN Agencies

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