“NDMA” boss calls for robust international & regional collaboration to address hazard/disaster issues nationally

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The Executive Director of the National Disaster Relief Agency Henry O.Williams said despite competing priorities in the national budget there is a need for the national government to see the safety of its people as major priority.
The disaster agency boss statement came barely a week after huge flooding took over some parts of Southern Grand Kru County thus making several homeless and one death reported up till press time.
In spite of the challenges Mr. Williams is hopeful that his agency will receive the fullest support from national government through reasonable budgetary appropriation and allocation and from partners in a logistical and technical manner to enable the agency prepare to reduce losses and human sufferings that are brought about by disaster.
According to research and study done thus far Liberia risk experiencing epidemics, fire,sea erosion,and flood including windstorm disasters.
It is predicated that thousands of people more than 500,000 will be affected in the coming years by theses disasters something the “NDMA is working on and calls for urgent related solutions and protection to avoid said from occurring through budgetary,technical and logistical support.
Professor Williams speaking to journalists at the end of a one day journalists disaster information dissemination regional workshop in Buchanan City Grand Bassa County noted that in a move to mitigate the impact of disaster and work towards achieving the sustainable development goals under the pro-poor agenda,it is Paramount to further strengthen international, regional and sub regional collaborations to foster a robust paradigm shift from marginal response to a serious pro-activeness and preparedness plan.

He uttered that lessons learnt from the killer disaster Ebola crisis in Liberia indicated that coordination was a missing critical tool,owing to the inexistence of the legal framework, which established the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA)
Said lack of coordination led to what he referred to as role conflict in the heat of the outbreak and later led to the deaths of thousands of people in 2014.
In the wake of existing protocols including the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction coupled with other knowing factors,he noted that national government has a mandate to coordinate all disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities in the Country with a primary objective to strengthen disaster preparedness for effective, efficient and timely emergency response and mitigation.

” I am of the strongest conviction that closed collaboration with every stakeholder, especially including the media we can face the foe with the determination and national cause will be uncompromised”,He added.
He thanked all international partners including the government for the support to the agency thus far but was at the same time quick to outline few of their key achievements thus far as: the development of a national response manual and subsequent conducted training to “CDMCS on the usage of the manual,the finalization of the County Disaster Management Committee (CDMCS) standard operating procedures (SOP) for sub- national EOCs including the initiation of a national early warming and emergency operations center amongst others.

Historically Liberia has scaring incident of floor, fire,epidemics and civil crisis including landslide that continue to affect its people but it is believed that with the establishment of the national disaster management agency since 2016 coupled with all necessary support and collaboration the history can be changed for the betterment of the Country.

Said lack of coordination led to what he referred to as role conflict in the heat of the outbreak and later led to the deaths of thousands of people in 2014.
In the wake of existing protocols including the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction coupled with other knowing factors,he noted that national government has a mandate to coordinate all disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities in the Country with a primary objective to strengthen disaster preparedness for effective, efficient and timely emergency response and mitigation.

” I am of the strongest conviction that closed collaboration with every stakeholder, especially including the media we can face the foe with the determination and national cause will be uncompromised”,He added.
He thanked all international partners including the government for the support to the agency thus far but was at the same time quick to outline few of their key achievements thus far as: the development of a national response manual and subsequent conducted training to “CDMCS on the usage of the manual,the finalization of the County Disaster Management Committee (CDMCS) standard operating procedures (SOP) for sub- national EOCs including the initiation of a national early warming and emergency operations center amongst others.

Historically Liberia has scaring incident of floor, fire,epidemics and civil crisis including landslide that continue to affect its people but it is believed that with the establishment of the national disaster management agency since 2016 coupled with all necessary support and collaboration the history can be changed for the betterment of the Country.