Akufo-Addo presents 40 vehicles to NADMO
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo,
on Friday, 19th March 2021, presented 40 vehicles
to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO),
at a brief ceremony at the Organisation’s Headquarters at
Kanda, Accra. The vehicles presented comprised one
Toyota Landcruiser, one Toyota Camry, one Toyota
Hiace ambulance, one Mercedes Benz Rescue Ambulance,
one payloader, five Toyota Landcruiser Prados, and 30 Toyota
Prior to the ceremony, government had already
distributed motorbikes to all the 16 regions and to the
260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District secretariats of NADMO.
In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that the
effective realisation of NADMO’s mandate demands
that the Organisation is not only equipped with the
requisite numbers of personnel, but also with the
necessary numbers of equipment and logistics.
To this end, the President stated that in April,
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 Organization
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 continued: “In addition to these,
I am happy to announce that, soon, I will inaugurate the
National Disaster Management Committee to superintend
over Government’s efforts at managing disasters, emergencies
and the realization of other functions, as stipulated 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 Organization also
to embark on a sustained education campaign for
the entire population, in this regard,” he added.