The newly constituted Governing Council of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has been reminded to subject all management plans and programmes to critical scrutiny before approval.
Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of the Interior, who gave the advice, at the swearing-in of a 14-Member Governing Council of NADMO, in Accra, on Wednesday, urged them to use established structures in undertaking their activities.
“I entreat each member to contribute significantly to the deliberations and functions of the Council, and I pray that this Council being the maiden one does not start with rubber stamping management plans and programmes,” he advised.
Mr Dery noted that the members of the Council were strategically selected based on their diverse knowledge, skills and experiences to make a mark in the management of disasters in the country.
Therefore, he said, the members of the Council must exhibit skills and render services to humanity that transcended religious, political, ethnic and social barriers, while being guided by international best practices.
“Your term of office is coterminous with that of the President, therefore, your performance will be used to measure the stewardship of our President,” he stated.
“You cannot, therefore, afford to fail the Government and the good people of Ghana, and hope that you will perform to the admiration of all,” he emphasised.
Mr Dery noted that though the Organisation had a number of challenges such as inadequate financial and logistical resources, poor remuneration and conditions of service, perceived corruption and politicisation of the Organisation, among others.
However, he said, notwithstanding these herculean challenges, they must make positive strides to prevent the occurrence of disasters as well as mitigate the impact of disasters by undertaking risk reduction initiatives.
Brigadier General (RTD) Kwame Opong-Kyekyeku, the Chairperson of the Council, on behalf of the members, thanked the President for the confidence reposed in them and assured that the Council would work assiduously to perform their assigned functions to support the vision of the Government.
He also pledged that the Council would offer all the necessary guidance to the Management of NADMO to ensure prompt response to disasters in the country.
The Council Chairperson said it would collaborate with the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to improve sanitation management.
The Governing Council comprise Nana Agyeman Prempeh, the Director-General of NADMO, Ms Rose Tsorhey, representing the Ministry of the Interior, Mr Patrick Affum Asumadu, of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing and Brigadier General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the Ministry of Defence.
Others are; Mr Samuel Yaw Nsiah of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, the Ministry of Finance, Madam Tina N. A Mensah, the Ministry of Health and Madam Dorothy Akosua Ony, a representative from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The rest are; Mr Benjamin Kofi Gyasi of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, from the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Reverend Dr Nii Amoo Darku, from the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Risk Management; while Mr Michael Boateng and Ms Lutfia Saeed Jamal, are both representing NADMO.
The National Disaster Management Organisation is established to offer critical services and provide leadership in managing disasters in Ghana.
It has been in existence for a little over two decades having functioned on the repealed National Disaster Management Act, 1996, (Act 517).
NADMO has evolved into an organisation with global credibility and recognition.
The new NADMO Act, 2016 (Act 927) has given the Organisation a paradigm shift from reactive to proactive disaster risk management.