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The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) together with stakeholders has held a two-day intensive validation workshop on National Flood Contingency Plan to ascertain various ways to respond effectively and appropriately to flood emergency situations in the country.
Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Minister for the Interior, Henry Quartey said, the National Contingency Plan for floods management which guides coordination of effective and appropriate response of various agencies to flood emergency is due for review and therefore steps must be taken on the appropriate strategy in the review process.
“such plan requires regular review and revision to take into account changing trends and realities and to validate the final draft of the National Contingency Plan for responding to flood emergencies in Ghana,” he stated.
Speaking on behalf of the Director General of NADMO, a Deputy Director, Seji Saji, said, the Coordination among key players between government and nongovernmental organizations for prompt response has been very challenging and therefore needs further intervention.
He claimed, the United Nations, having identified this set-back has supported the organization to review the existing National Contingency Plan with more emphasis on floods.
“The new Contingency Plan is aligned with the “Cluster” or “Sector” System which is the UN’s best practice and approach to humanitarian crisis response,” he stated.
He expressed gratitude to the United Nations Resident Coordinators (UNRCs) and the Inter-Agency Working Group on Emergency issues for the support offered to the government in fighting the menace.
He urge all participating agencies, especially to take ownership of the validation process and guide discussions to ensure that the plan is a true national property at the end of the workshop.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock, in her remarks urged participants to actively participate in the process because the document would be the gateway to success for the nation.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey