NADMO Advocates Establishment of Disaster Fund

Mr Kofi Portuphy

Mr Kofi Portuphy(second from left),pointing out an issue during his visit to the site.With him are officials of NADMO.Photo;Ebo Gorman

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has advocated the establishment of a disaster fund to operations of the organisation.

Speaking on a tour of some flood prone areas in Accra on Monday the National Coordinator, Mr. Kofi Portuphy said the fund was necessary in view of the operations and activities of the organisation in times of crises.

He said like the National Health Insurance and the road levies similar thing should be done so that NADMO together with the other stakeholders can deal with disaster and other crises.

Mr. Portuphy noted that even though his outfit received budgetary allocation from central government, the Japanese government, North Dakota and other donor support, it was imperative that the fund was established the to facilitate activities of NADMO.

For instance, he said, between January and June this year the organisation spent more than GH¢ 3 billon to provide relief items to displaced persons and other disaster victims.

The National Co-ordinator said expenditure excluded the cost of fuel and other expenses.

Within the same period, Mr. Portuphy said 30,095 people were displaced out of which 13 died, 2,189 adult males got injured, 2,760 adult females injured whilst 3,804 male children and 5,200 female children among the casualties.

Touching on the displaced persons, he said Accra topped the list with 15,806 and five deaths while Western region recorded the least figure of 213 cases with one death.

Mr. Portuphy expressed concern about the haphazard citting of structures, particularly on water ways and called for pragmatic step to deal with it.

He gave example of houses and other structures are on lagoons, water and ramser site   noting that during heavy rains the rain water is forced backwards because of the blockage in its path.

He stated that his outfits together with National Security, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources among other agencies were taking steps to put an injunction on private developers who construct houses and other structures on waterways.

Mr. Portuphy said the recent disaster following the spillage of the Weija Dam was also attributed to houses on waterways which impeded the flow of water and urged the public to report anybody the who undertook construction on waterways.

The tour took officials of NADMO, Ghana Armed Forces, the Police and other representatives to Mallam junction, Weija Dam site, Tsokomey, Oblogo, Dansoman, Glefe among other communities.  By Francis Asamoah Tuffour 

 

 

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