President Nana Akufo-Addo has presented forty (40) vehicles to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to fulfill their constitutionally mandated duties.
Speaking at a brief ceremony at the Organisation’s Headquarters at Kanda, Accra on March 19, 2021, he remarked that the effective realization 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.
According to him, the government has taken a number of steps towards creating an effective NADMO in consonance with Act 927 of the organization.
“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 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.
President Akufo-Addo revealed that the government will present an additional thirty-two (32) pickups to augment the fleet of NADMO in April 2021.
He was quick to stress that “this is by no means exhaustive, and I assure management and staff of NADMO of more in the coming years under my presidency.”
The President further hinted that his outfit will inaugurate the National Disaster Management Committee to superintend over the Government’s efforts at managing disasters, emergencies, and the realization of other functions, as stipulated in the Act.
He added the rationale behind these measures and investments by the government.
According to him, disaster prevention and mitigation are directly linked to the sustainable development of any nation.
Earlier, the government distributed motorbikes to all the sixteen (16) regions and to the two hundred and sixty (260) metropolitan, municipal, and district secretariats of NADMO.