NADMO to set up Disaster Risk Reduction Desks from Flag Staff House to MMDAs

Speaking at the International Day for Disaster Reduction organised by NADMO and the University of Ghana Disaster Prevention Club on 13th October, 2017, Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, Director General of NADMO, disclosed that his organisation will collaborate with Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to establish Disaster Risk Reduction Desks (DRRD) across the entire nation. This he said would ensure safety and disaster risk compliance environment in the various MDAs and MMDAs.

Hammering on the need to have Disaster Risk Reduction desk officers in the various organisations he said ‘’ We therefore envisage that come next year, from Flag Staff House in Accra, to District Assembly in Paga, and from Tepa Secondary school in Brong Ahafo region, to Cisneros Hotel in Sogakope, and from Peace FM in Accra to Tamale Airport in Tamale, there will be disaster risk reduction officers manning disaster risk reduction desks.’’

In his speech he stated that come next year NADMO would roll out a strategic National Campaign on disaster risk reduction dubbed: ‘’Catch them young’’ which is a campaign to mainstream disaster risk reduction in the school curricular with teachers trained to lead the agenda.

Again he emphasized that NADMO had been empowered by the new Act, Act 927 0f 2016 to issue Disaster Risk Reduction Compliant Certificate on certain types of buildings and the power to demolish buildings that are certified to be hazardous or in dangerous locations and those that put the public in danger. The mandate he noted, though will be used sparingly will not allow potentially dangerous buildings to stand.

Hon Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh said the need to build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of our society has become more crucial than ever. ‘’We have no choice than to develop and enhance the capacities of individuals, organisations and communities to effectively manage their risks. Vulnerability to disasters can only be minimized through effective Disaster Risk Reduction.’’

Also at the ceremony was Ghana’s gospel star Mrs Philipa Baafi, NADMO’s Greater Accra Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Ambassador who spoke on the need for corporate bodies to support the government to construct intensive care units in all regions of the country to aid effective response in case of emergency.

Hon Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, the Director General of NADMO expressed his appreciation to NADMO’s development partners like the UNDP, the Norwegian government and all UN Agencies as well as bilateral organisations who have been supporting the course of the organisation.

He brought home the need to discipline ourselves as a nation to avert disasters by saying ‘’ finally I call every Tom, Dick and Harry to join hands to make our nation resilient to disasters, for posterity will not forgive us if we fail to do so.’’

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