The Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Hon. Archibold Cobbina, has assured people in the Ga East Municipality of government’s readiness and commitment to prevent disaster and put in place lasting measures. He was speaking at the commencement of Operation Prevent Disaster (OPD) in the Ga East Municipality at Dome.
Operation Prevent Disaster (OPD) was recently jointly launched by the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minsiter, Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoo Tawiah Sackey and Greater Accra Regional NADMO Coordinator, Hon. Archibold Cobinna, as a flagship programme of the Greater Accra Regional National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
The campaign is to address the Region’s teething perennial flooding challenges by adopting preventive measures rather than the usual reactive, remedial means as happened in the past.
OPD is categorized into 5 zones, namely; Zone 1. Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Zone 2. Madina, Adenta, Ga East, Shai Osudoku, Zone 3. Ga Central, Ga South, Ga West, Zone 4. Lemma, Tema, Kpone-Katamanso, Ashaiman, Zone 5. Ningo-Prampram, Ada East, Ada West.
Launching the campaign officially in the Ga East Municipality, the Greater Accra NADMO Coordinator, who is also an Assembly Member (Government Appointee) at GEMA, Hon. Archibold Cobbina, said the campaign was initiated to deal with the perennial flooding situation in the Greater Accra Region.
He said as part of the OPD campaign activities, the excavator, which is part of the support his outfit has received, would be at the disposal of the Assembly for a number of days and urged the Assembly to utilize it fully.
“We know that the railway crossing is part of the areas which get flooded and we get calls upon calls from here (by residents). Sometimes you can’t cross from one side to the other so that’s why is on our priority that we should be here today”, Hon. Cobbina said.
He indicated that his outfit is soliciting for sponsorship and support from the corporate world and philanthropic organizations and individuals to promote the campaign and called on all who have the capacity to support to come to their aid.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, expressed profound gratitude to the GAR NADMO for attending to their call by extending the OPD campaign to her municipality.
She noted that the flood-prone areas in the municipality needed swift attention as the rains set down, welcoming the move by NADMO to commence the campaign in the municipality as a step in the right direction.
“This has been a serious challenge for the municipality and I’m happy that this area is one of your priority areas. We are going to make that we utilize the machine its core”, the MCE added.
She lauded the efforts and foresight of the GAR NADMO Boss in initiating the campaign and thanked him for the gesture.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah who was assisted to operate the excavator to launch the OPD in the municipality, assured the people in the municipality that concrete measures will be taken to nip the flooding situation in the municipality in the bud.
Assembly Member for Dome East, Hon. Mohammed Ali, expressed heart-felt appreciation for the initiative and promised that he and his people will provide the needed support and cooperation to make the exercise successful.
Other officials who witnessed the launch included the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, Mr. Evans Anakwah of the Ga East and GAR NADMO, Municipal Works Engineer, Mr. Peter Bah Lano, 2nd Vice Chairperson of the Dome-Kwabenya NPP and Government Appointee, Hon. Mary Odonkor, and Constituency Organizer, Mr. Seth Kofi Osei Kissi.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman