August 3, 2017

The honourable Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman Constituency, Ernest Henry Norgbey is advocating logistical support for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to tackle disasters as the rainy season sets in.

According to him NADMO lacks the basic logistics in preparedness to fight unforeseen disasters which is its primary responsibility hence the need for all stakeholders to join hands in resourcing it.

The June 3, 2015 flood in Accra remains the harshest spinoffs of disaster in the country history as it killed over 150 persons and displaced hundreds of residents along the Odawriver in Accra Metropolis.

The lawmaker recounted several other disasters including May, 9 2001 Accra Sports Stadium disaster,the annual spillage of the BagreDam with its attendant floods, the Melcom disaster which occurred in Achimota.

In a statement on the floor of parliament recently in remembrance of the June 3, twin disaster, Hon Norgbey said, “the June 3, 2015 disaster will forever be talked about, not because we enjoy talking, rather the nation was hit hard by the magnitude of that disaster”.

NADMO he noted has a solid structure which when adequately resourced can support not only victims of disaster but also complement the nation’s efforts in fighting the galamsey menace, reconstruction of our lands and water bodies as well as create employment for the teeming unemployed youth of this country
Parliament on July 28th 2016, passed the NADMO new bill and later assented by president to become NADMO Act, Act, 927.

The Act among others grantsa 3% share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) to be paid into Disaster Fundto help manage disasters in the country.

By Christian Kpesese/