NADMO To Establish Satellites Secretariat

kofi portuphyThe National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is to set up a satellite secretariat to assess space information, gather data and monitor events including early warning systems.

The unit, when operational will be connected to its offices nationwide for fast and easy accessibility and relaying of information.

The National  Co-ordinator, Kofi Portuphy, announced these on Friday when speaking to a UN delegation on a working visit to Ghana.

The 10-member delegation from the Space Application section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, was in the country for a fact-finding on 15 organisations including the NADMO, the Atomic Energy Commission and the University of Ghana, on the use of geographic information systems.

The team also conducted a study on the country’s house numbering and street-naming project.

Mr. Portuphy noted that the world had become a global village and information gathering had become necessary especially, on disaster and risk management.

He said NADMO, as a lead agency in disaster management has been collaborating with local and international partners to build capacities of its staff and other stakeholders and sensitise the masses to disasters and early warning systems.

He said the house and street numbering programme was very important adding that the President recently urged the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to attach importance to it.

The Programme Officer of Space Application Section, Coen Bussink, commended the NADMO and other institutions for instituting the needed mechanisms to deal with crises when they occurred.

He said contingency plans were crucial to respond to crises and suggested the NADMO established geographic information systems to monitor events nationwide and around its territorial borders.


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