In a bid to reduce disasters in the home, markets, industries and schools among other areas, the Sekondi-Takoradi Office of the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO has observed this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction with a quiz Competition for some Junior High Schools within the Essikadu- Ketan Constituency in the Western Region.
It was on the theme, “Substantially reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and destruction of basic services among them health and education facilities including through developing their resilience by 2030″.
According to the Metro Director of NADMO, James Obeng Jnr, reducing disaster risk to infrastructure and goods goes a long way to safeguarding the loss of property, income and livelihood.
Mr. Obeng said to achieve it 2030 target of disaster reduction; NADMO has put in place some measures to enhance the resilience of infrastructures within the Metropolis including the inspection of schools, critical industry inspection, ensuring the installation of fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems at various institutions.
Mr. Obeng Jnr explained that it will also ensure the enforcement of laws on safety and fire prevention at the various tertiary and second cycle institutions, fuels station and gas stations as well as the adjudication of weak structures to be pulled down to avert disasters.
To achieve this collectively as a nation, he called on residents to support NADMO and the various districts assemblies to help safe guard all infrastructure within the Metropolis from possible disasters.
A coordinator for the School Health Education Program, SHEP, Ebenezer Tetteh said disasters affect lives of individuals, properties and national .
According to him, it is the desire of the Ghana Education Service to help instill acts of disaster prevention and urged NADMO to be more proactive in preventing disasters whiles pledging the GES support in the disaster reduction agenda.
At the end of the competition Bethany Methodist JHS came first, followed by Nana Nketsiah J.H.S in second place, with St. Marks Anglican JHS and Essikado MA JHS in third and fourth place respectively.
Story filed Marie Aziz Tunde