A member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei has disclosed that, partisan politics has infiltrated the activities of NADMO and it is a contributing factor to the Institutions recent woes.
Speaking today, on the XYZ Breakfast Show, Dr. Akoto Osei, said, during the 2012 Elections, the Ghana Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), distributed items to some Political Parties. ”In my Constituency, my opponent NDC lady had access to things from NADMO”, he added.
According to him, it is unfortunate that an Organization like NADMO is currently in this state. He added that, the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament ought to have an emergency meeting with NADMO to examine its challenges and adopt ways of getting it out of its debt.
He said, the only way forward now is the involvement of the Contingency Funds which the institution has access to, but must forward a request to the Finance Committee first.
He further disclosed that, the Constitution of Ghana allows the Finance Committee to advance some monies to Government in case an emergency occurs. “Our laws do not allow NADMO to buy on credit, and I suspect they did so out of desperation. I think we ought to employ professionals to run this Institution”, he added.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has been left crippled with over 40 million cedis hanging around its neck.
The debt has left the organization exposed, with suppliers refusing to provide any form of relief.
The National Coordinator of the Organization, Brigadier General Francis Vib-Sanziri and indicated that the organization is in serious financial crisis, and it will be hard for it, to respond to a major disaster, should it occur today.
According to him, these financial challenges could be put on the door steps of the Ministry of Finance for their inability to release budgetary allocation to the organization in the year ending 31st December, 2014.
Brigadier General Francis Vib Sanziri made this known when he appeared before The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to explain issues captured in the 2011/12 and 13 Auditor – General’s Report.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Selma Aku Graham