Upper Manya Assembly observes National Disaster Day

…as MP calls on constituents for attitudinal change towards disasters

From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Upper Manya Krobo Constituency, who also doubles as a Minister of State at the presidency, Mr. Stephen Amanor-Kwao, has called on Ghanaians, particularly, his constituents, to change their attitudes towards disaster management.

According to him, until Ghanaians changed their attitudes towards disaster control, the country would continue to face disasters, hence, the call.

He made the remarks in an interview with the Eastern File shortly after the Disaster Day celebration, which was observed in the Upper Manya Assembly, as part of activities to sensitise residents in the area on the essence of changing their attitudes towards disasters.

The former Minister for Social Welfare has therefore, called on the government to make the teaching of disaster management compulsory in educational institutions, particularly, the lower classes, in order to inculcate the attitude in the students.

Tabulating circumstances that lead to most disasters in the country, the Deputy Eastern Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), lamented about the rapid population growth and construction of buildings on water ways, as major causes of disasters.

He appealed to the Assembly to enforce the by-laws on bush burning, and irresponsible disposal of waste material, as well as prosecuting individuals who fall foul of the laws.

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