President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday presented 40 vehicles to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in Accra.
The vehicles comprise, a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Toyota Camry, a Toyota Hearse ambulance, a Mercedes Benz Rescue Ambulance, a pay-loader, five Toyota Land Cruiser Prados, and 30 Toyota Hilux pickups.
Before the presentation of the vehicles, the government had earlier distributed motorbikes to all 16 regions and 260 metropolitan, municipal and district secretariats of NADMO.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said NADMO could effectively carry out its mandate if the Organisation was adequately equipped with the necessary equipment and logistics, as well as the required number of personnel.
He assured that in April this year, 32 additional pickups would be presented to NADMO, adding that, “this is by no means exhaustive and I assure management and staff of NADMO of more in the coming years under my presidency.”
President Akufo-Addo said to create an effective NADMO, the government had taken steps, in compliance with Act 927, to help the Organisation discharge its mandate.
“For the first time in NADMO’s history, a Government Council, in accordance with the Act, has been instituted to provide direction for the running of NADMO. Disaster Management Committees, at the regional and district levels, have been established and made functional,” he said.
The President said, “in addition to these, I am happy to announce that, soon, I will inaugurate the National Disaster Management Committee to superintend over the government’s efforts at managing disasters, emergencies and the realisation of other functions, as stipulated in the Act.”
The government, President Akufo-Addo said, is making those investments because disaster prevention and mitigation are directly linked to the sustainable development of any nation.
One of the major problems the country has grappled with over the years is the slashing of trees and the burning of bushes.
President Akufo-Addo, therefore, appealed to farmers to be cautious when preparing their lands before the farming season.
“The rainy season, with its associated storms, will also bring in its wake its challenges and I urge NADMO to be prepared with the required relief items and come to the aid of persons in need and those affected,” the President added.
President Akufo-Addo said the Ministers for the Interior and National Security had been tasked to constitute a Committee of Experts to assess the country’s state of preparedness particularly with earth tremors, should such a disaster occur in the country.
The President said the Minister for the Interior would be convening a stakeholders’ conference in early April to study its report and chart a roadmap for the implementation of its recommendations.
“Whilst at it, I encourage the leadership of NADMO to liaise with the Ghana Education Service to help incorporate learning themes on protection against earthquakes and other disasters in the curricula at the pre-tertiary education level, I also encourage the Organisation to embark on a sustained education campaign for the entire population, in this regard,” he added.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD