The Governing Board of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has been officially inaugurated at a brief ceremony in Accra
The inauguration took place on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry of the Interior.
The 14-member board, chaired by Brig. Gen. Kwame Opong-Kyekyeku (rtd) is to among others help in policy formulation, approve purchase of equipment for the organisation as well as approve recruitment selection, training and promotion of senior management staff.
The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery who swore in the board said “NADMO is one of the most dynamic agencies under my ministry and its role is to offer critical services and provide leadership in managing disasters. Having functioned on an erstwhile Act of Parliament, Act 1996 (Act 517), the organisation has evolved into an organization with global credibility and recognition, Notwithstanding the challenges, the organisation has made positive strides to prevent the occurrence of disasters, mitigate the impact of disasters by numerous risk reduction initiatives while operating for the past twenty years, it has become significant that NADMO be given a renewed mandate which has necessitated the enactment of a new law to strengthen the operations of the organisation in order to manage disasters more efficiently”.
He further noted that the new NADMO law, Act 2016 (Act 927) had given the organisation a paradigm shift from reactive to proactive disaster risk management. It is this new Act that addresses the critical gap of a lack of a Governing Council. Subsequent to this, H.E the President decided to establish the much needed Governing Council to manage the organisation.
Hon. Ambrose Dery urged the board to take note of their service which transcends religious, political, ethnic and social barriers. “Be strictly guided by international principles that guide humanitarian work. I entreat each member to contribute significantly to the deliberations and functioning of the Council. I also pray that this Council being the maiden one ever, does not start by rubber stamping management plans and programmes. Your term of office is coterminous with that of H.E the President”, he advised.
Brig. Gen. Rtd. Kwame Opong-Kyekyeku, Chairman of the board assured the Minister of their commitment to help put NADMO in a better shape to manage disasters more efficiently.