The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has given various orders to Ministries, Departments and Agencies in light of a report gathered by an advisory group of specialists entrusted to survey the nation’s condition of readiness for the event of quakes.
Talking at a partners’ meeting coordinated by the Ministry of Interior, on Thursday, eighth April 2021, at Tang Palace, President Akufo-Addo noticed that the arrangement of earth quakes experienced by the country lately, combined with the affirmation that Ghana is powerless to seismic tremors along the southern belt and the Akwapim-Togo range, brought about the foundation of a Technical Committee to set up “A Framework for Refocusing Ghana’s Earthquake Preparedness and Response”.
Embracing the report and proposals of the Committee, along with its activity plan, the President noticed that it is the breakdown of designs during tremors that is answerable for human and financial misfortunes.
“This implies that to keep away from or diminish these misfortunes, we need to guarantee that structures, including residences, dams and extensions, are fundamentally capable and versatile to seismic tremors of a higher size,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo kept, “Developing all around designed constructions, including dams and streets, and retrofitting significant life saver structures, like medical clinics, schools, chapels, and mosques, can’t be undermined. That is the reason I ask the Engineering Council of the Ministry of Works and Housing to guarantee that an extensive uprightness review of every single public structure and designs is directed, and Government fittingly prompted.”
The President additionally asked the Ghana Geological Survey Authority to prompt Government on the strategic necessities and hardware needed by the Authority to attempt nonstop checking of seismic exercises for pressing activity.
Realizing what to do, he said, in case of a seismic tremor, is significant to endurance, adding that it is significant that all Ghanaians realize what to do to stay protected and alive should a particularly deplorable occasion happen in future.
“I have effectively taught the authority of NADMO to liaise with the Ghana Education Service to help join learning subjects on security against quakes and different fiascos in the educational programs at the pre-tertiary instruction level. Once more, I have urged NADMO to set out on a supported schooling effort for the whole populace, in such manner. I have mentioned ordinary updates from the Director-General of NADMO on progress made,” President Akufo-Addo noted.
To the Ministries of Works and Housing and Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, the President encouraged them to team up with the Ghana Institution of Engineers to build up a plan that will involve property holders retrofitting their homes to make them impervious to quakes, and convincing planned property holders to work as per characterized principles.
“I need to emphasize my absolute responsibility as President to guaranteeing that Government shields the whole populace from the impacts of quakes and different debacles that may desolate any piece of the country,” he said.
Government, as per President Akufo-Addo, has adequately shown its assurance to make the country versatile with the impacts of fiascos, adding that”we will keep on equiping NADMO and, to be sure, all reaction offices, to upgrade their operational viability”.
To the partners accumulated, he showed that “the lone alternative is to work cooperatively, without turf wars and other counter-profitable propensities. Catastrophe readiness and alleviation are a common and aggregate duty. Allow us to put our shoulders to the haggles Mother Ghana.”