The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery has urged staff of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to develop strategic measures through research to reduce the numerous disasters that hit the country.
He said that through research, NADMO would be more proficient in managing and mitigating disasters, adding that most of the disasters that occur would have minimal effect, if a lot of effort is put into research.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting held at the NADMO conference room during a familiarization tour to the organization on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Hon. Dery mentioned that his ministry will assist in the training of NADMO staff to enhance their skills in disaster management in order to make them effective, efficient and more professional.
The Minister for the Interior commended NADMO for the speedy response in handling the recent army worm, centipedes and tidal wave disasters that hit parts of the country and tasked the organization to come up with a long term solution to preventing these disasters from happening.
The Director General of NADMO, Hon. Eric Agyemang-Prempeh in his address recounted the efforts made by the organization in managing the army worm and centipedes that have evaded some communities and farmlands as well as the tidal waves that hit the Greater Accra, Central and Western regions.
He stated that NADMO have been to the affected areas to assess the situation and in the case of the army worms and centipedes, some chemicals have been selected and given to the Ministry of Agriculture for examination and approval, stressing that relief items have been presented to victims in the affected areas.
The Director General emphasized that NADMO has as one of its plans to establish a training school that would be used in preparing officers of the organization adequately to handle disaster cases, adding that the University of Bournemouth has promised to partner with the organization to achieve this plan.
Hon. Agyemang-Prempeh outlined some of the challenges the organization faced as lack of vehicles for monitoring and assessment, inadequate relief items, poor salary structure among others and called on the Minister to help address these issues.
The Minister was accompanied by Hon. Henry Quartey, Deputy Minister for the Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Annor Kumi, Chief Director and other senior officials of the ministry.