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  The Center for climate Change and Food Security (CCCFS) is calling for resignation of the top hierarchy of the National Disaster Management Organization... Center for Climate Change calls for dismissal of NADMO top hierarchy. 

 

The Center for climate Change and Food Security (CCCFS) is calling for resignation of the top hierarchy of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) over distribution of some expired food items to disaster Victims in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
 
More than 34 persons have died in the three regions of the Northern part of Ghana following the spillage of Bagre Dam in neighbouring Cote D’viore  .
 
Government was heavily criticized for leaving the victims to their fate two weeks after the incident occurred.
 
The Vice President,Dr.Mahamadu Bawumia,however ,accompanied by officials of the National Disaster Management Organization, last  week visited the Disaster stricken regions to donate some relief items but some of the items were  later detected to be expired .
 
In a statement issued by the CCCFS, is describe the incident as “height of shambolism in leadership on the part of officialdom” with a call ” on the entire hierarchy of NADMO to honourably jump off the boat or be pushed out”.
 
 
Bellow is the full statement issued .
 
THE NADMO BOSS SHOULD BE FIRED OR RESIGN FOR EMBARRASSING THE VICE PRESIDENT AND DECEIVING FLOOD VICTIMS
 
The Center for Climate Change and Food Security has learned with utter shock that, the relief items given to victims of the unfortunate Bagre dam spillage, were expired goods.
 
CCCFS cannot wrap its head around how this could happen to a people who through no fault of theirs and by the neglect of government, have gone through such a painful experience.
 
We need to underscore the fact that no amount of relief items can suffice for the ordeal the victims have endured. Research has consistently shown that, resettlements be them those occasioned by artificial or natural reasons, impoverish resettlers. Relief items are only meant to give transient relief to victims of resettlements.
 
To learn, that the victims have been given expired goods, is for us, another whammy at equal level with what the victims are already enduring. Could it be deliberate that NADMO presented the items knowing very well that they were not fit for purpose but ignored the reality for the sake of populism? Or may be NADMO thought the poor victims out of extreme distress, would accept the items without caution or identifying the state of the items? Could it be a genuine mishap?
 
Whatever it is, it is the considered opinion of CCCFS that, the Vice President has been subjected to avoidable public ridicule and that no amount of veneers can justify this reckless conduct by the NADMO officials. The already dire situation of the victims have been worsened considering the psychological effects this ‘deception’ would bring to them. If the people could not be compensated appropriately, they should not be put through such an inhumane act.
 
As it stands, we do not know whether or not, the victims have consumed some of the expired goods which would be dangerous if they have consumed some of it. NADMO must issue an alert immediately to warn the victims not to consume the items until proven to be wholesome. Then again, we need to begin to take a look at the past to see if NADMO has not carelessly given similar items to victims. Only a full-blown criminal investigations by the police or any other investigative body, can explain the story behind this puzzle.
 
This is the height of shambolism in leadership on the part of officialdom. We are on this basis, calling on the entire hierarchy of NADMO to honourably jump off the boat or be pushed out. It is time state officials took full responsibility for their misconduct, in this case, a misconduct that has the potential of bringing sicknesses to a section of already distressed Ghanaians.
 
Sulemana Issifu
Director of Research