About 80% Staff of the National Disaster Management Organization,NADMO in Ghana lack knowledge in environmental disaster Management .The staff ,according to the outgoing Director General of NADMO, Brigadier General Francis Sanziri,have no formal training in any of the disaster related fields affecting productivity and efficiency of the Organization.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) was established by act 517 of 1996 In response to the Yokohama strategy for a safer world and plan of action to manage disasters and similar emergencies in the country. It was structured and placed under the ministry of the interior, to enable it coordinate all the relevant civil authorities at the national, regional and district levels.
NADMO functions under a National secretariat, ten (10) Regional secretariats, two hundred and forty-three (243) Metropolitan, Municipal and District secretariat and over nine hundred (900) Zonal offices throughout the country.
Climate change and Global warming effect worldwide have led to increase in natural disasters including hurricanes,tsunamis ,epidemics,food crises ,floods,landslides and earthquakes .Therefore ,disaster Management organizations such as Ghana’s NADMO is expected to position itself with qualified personnel to effectively analyze environmental and disaster dynamics for early warning signals to mitigate impacts of disasters.
However , the Outgoing Director General ,is cautioning that the organization may not effectively deal with any form of disaster if staff are not trained whiles issues of poor budgetary and resource allocation to the organization is not addressed.
Brigadier General, Sanziri said this during his handing over ceremony after two years in office.He suggested that the disaster organization undergo restructuring and with staff capacity built to be able to confront any environmental disaster in particular flooding which is recorded yearly in the country.
“Lack of training for staff before they are even deployed. I can tell you more than 80% of staff have no training on disaster management. That is absurd and that accounts for so many complaints about our effectiveness and efficiency.
“We equally lack logistics insufficient budgetary allocation for in-house administration and of course late approvals for the purchase of relief items,” Brigadier Sanziri said.
The Senior minister in Government , Yaw Osafo Marfo,worried about the revelation ,said government has plans to train all public sector workers to enable them understand their roles and operate effectively adding that, special school will be introduced to train the public sector workers, particularly workers at NADMO ‘
“The problem is that if you ask an average worker at NADMO what do you do, his answer will be i distribute rice and sugar. That is not it,” he said.It is very important that people working are trained specifically to have skills to do their work properly,” The Senior Minister said.