The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has inaugurated disaster management committees in seven assemblies within the Greater Accra Region.
The inauguration which took place at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) led to the formation of committees at Tema West, Ledzokuku-Krowor, La-Dadekotopon, Ashaiman, Kpone-Katamanso and Ayawaso West.
A similar inauguration took place at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Ayawaso East, Ayawaso North, Ayawaso Central and Ayawaso West.
The committee comprises members from the NADMO, Ghana Police Service (GPS), Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Ghana Education Service (GES), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Planning Officers of the Assemblies, including the Department of Social Welfare.
Mandates of the committees include developing strategies and giving early warning signals to pre-empt the possible occurrence of disasters in the region.
Besides, the committees are expected to look at climate change as a development challenge, as well as educate members of the public on the need to desist from negative activities such as deforestation, bush burning, sand winning and the construction of buildings on water ways which have the potential to cause flooding.
During the inauguration, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, said the committees were being created under section 13 (2) of Act 517 of 1996.
“Twenty years after its establishment, a new law was passed 2016 (Act 927) to give the organization more responsibilities and resources to carry out its mandates,” he stated. He tasked members of the committee to work hard and churn out positive results.
Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, Director-General of NADMO, said the government was committed to disaster prevention to ensure the safety of the public.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema, Nii Anna-La, touted the successes chalked up by the Tema Metro NADMO.