On Friday, March 19, 2021, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presented forty (40) vehicles to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) during a brief ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters in Kanda, Accra.
The vehicles presented comprise one (1) Toyota Landcruiser, one (1) Toyota Camry, one (1) Toyota Hiace ambulance, one (1) Mercedes Benz Rescue Ambulance, one (1) payloader, five (5) Toyota Landcruiser Prados, and thirty (30) Toyota Hilux pickups.
Prior to the ceremony, the government had distributed motorcycles to all sixteen (16) regions as well as the two hundred and sixty (260) NADMO metropolitan, municipal, and district secretariats. President Akufo-Addo noted in his remarks that the successful realization of NADMO’s mandate necessitates not only the necessary number of staff, but also the necessary technology, equipment and logistics.
To this end, the President stated that, in the course of April, thirty-two (32) additional pickups will be presented to augment further the fleet of NADMO, stressing that “this is by no means exhaustive, and I assure management and staff of NADMO of more in the coming years under my presidency.”
Towards creating an effective NADMO, he told the gathering that Government has taken a number of 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 districts levels, have been established and made functional,” he said.
The President went on to say, “In addition to these, I am pleased to announce that, shortly, I will inaugurate the National Disaster Management Committee to oversee the Government’s efforts to manage disasters, emergencies, and the fulfillment of other duties, as specified in the Act.”
Government is undertaking all of these measures and making these investments, because, according to President Akufo-Addo, disaster prevention and mitigation are directly linked to the sustainable development of any nation.
In preparation for the planting season, President Akufo-Addo noted that one of the major concerns the country has grappled with over the years has to do with the slashing and burning of bushes.
He, therefore, appealed to our farmers, in all parts of the country, to exercise the utmost caution in the process of preparing their lands for the farming season, especially in the use of fire.
“The rainy season, with its associated storms, will also bring in its wake its own challenges, and I urge NADMO to be prepared with the required relief items, and come to the aid of persons in need and to those affected,” the President added.
With the country, in 2020, recording earth tremors, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Ministers for the Interior and National Security were tasked to constitute a Committee of Experts to assess the country’s state of preparedness should such a disaster reoccur in the country.
To this end, he indicated that the Minister for the Interior will be convening a stakeholders’ conference in early April to study its report, and chart a roadmap for the implementation of its recommendations. I will be opening the conference.
“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, and I encourage the Organisation also to embark on a sustained education campaign for the entire population, in this regard,” he added.