A 14-Member Governing Council for the National Disaster Management Board (NADMO) has been sworn into office with a charge on the Council to be guided by international best practices in the discharge of its duties.

Members of Governing Council are also expected to bring their experience to bare by contributing significantly to deliberations and functioning of the Council.

Addressing the Council, after the swearing-in ceremony held in Accra, Mr. Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior requested of the Council to be prudent in the duties.

“ I also pray that this council being the maiden one ever, does not start with rubber stamping management plans and programmes.

You should subject all such plans and programmes to critical scrutiny” He said.

According to the Minister, the new NADMO Act 2016 (Act 927) has given NADMO a paradigm shift from a reactive to a proactive disaster risk management outfit and also necessitated the constituting of the Governing Council to amongst others; oversee the administration of the organization, formulate polices, approve purchase of equipment for the organization and approve recruitment selection, training and promotion of senior management staff.

NADMO is one of the critical agencies under the Ministry of the Interior charged with the responsibility of providing leadership in managing disasters in the country.

The Council Members are Brig. Gen. Kwame Oppong-Kyekyeku, President’s nominee and chairman for the Council, Hon. Nana Agyeman Prempeh, Director-General, NADMO, Ms. Rose Tsorhey, Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Patrick Affum Asumadu, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms. Dorothy Akosua Ony, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Integration, Mr. Benjamin Gyasi, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Brig. Gen Thomas Oppong Peprah, Ministry of Defence.

The rest are Mr. Samuel Yaw Nsiah. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng, Ministry of Finance. Hon. Tina N. A. Mensah, Ministry of Health, Ms. Patricia Appiagyei, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Rev Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Risk Management, Mr. Michael Boateng, NADMO and Ms. Lutfia Saeed Jamal, NADMO