Alfred Vanderpuiye, AMA boss
THE Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is to adopt a five-year District Disaster Management Plan (DDMP) to ensure effective management of disasters and emergencies in the metropolis.
Act 517 of 1996 which established the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), requires the various districts to develop comprehensive disaster management plans to manage disasters and emergencies that are likely to occur in their areas of jurisdiction.
This came to light at a workshop organized in Accra on Friday by the AMA NADMO on its draft DDMP.
The workshop mainly attended by members of the AMA Disaster Committee comprising representatives from the Police, Navy, Ghana Fire Service, Information Service Department and the Metropolitan NADMO, was aimed at soliciting inputs into the draft to find tune it.
The DDMP which is expected to be based on risk reduction and emergency response will among other functions anticipate disasters that could arise from natural and made-made causes and must be consistent with the National Disaster Management Plan, (NDMP).
The overall objective of the DDMP, among others, is to strengthen the institutional capacity of District Disaster Management Committees (DDMC) and key stakeholders to effectively implement disaster management programmes.
Opening it, the Chief Executive of AMA, Mr. Alfred Vanderpuije, expressed the assembly’s commitment to implementing effective disaster management mechanisms to forestall disasters as well as minimize their impacts when they occur.
He underscored the need for strict adherence to well tailored disaster preventing and management mechanisms to protect properties and lives.
Mr. Vanderpuije enumerated a number of disaster prevention and management programmes including regular removing of choke gutters, dredging of drains and removal of unauthorized structures on water ways being embarked upon by the assembly.
Explaining the rationale behind the adoption of a DDMP, the Metropolitan NADMO Co-ordinator, Mr. Isaac Mensah said the implementation of a disaster management plan had been overlooked by most assemblies.
It is against this backdrop that he said the AMA was taking steps to have a DDMP in place as required by NADMO to ensure a more efficient disaster prevention and management.