Galaka (UE) Nov. 23,GNA- The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in collaboration with the Bawku West District Assembly on Thursday supported disaster volunteer groups in communities along the White Volta basin.
The groups have been playing roles to avert disasters and provide support for disaster victims on behalf of NADMO during disaster outbreaks in these communities.
The items included Blankets, rice, oil, used clothes, robber buckets and washbasins. The rest are drinking cups, mattresses, mats, mosquito nets, soap and Wellington boots valued at about GHc5000.
Mrs Victoria Ayamba, District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area accompanied by the Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, and some officials of NADMO presented the items to the volunteers at Galaka near Zebilla in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.
Mrs Ayamba noted that the move was part of efforts to show appreciation to the volunteer groups because they were always there to protect lives and property during outbreak of disasters such as floods, storms, disease outbreak among others.
The MCE indicated that forming the disaster volunteer groups to quickly respond to such disasters had actually brought relief to the people in the catchment area.
Mrs Ayamba observed that during this year farming season, the country experienced a major disaster of armyworms attacks on farm crops. However, government did not rest on its ores and acted swiftly to address the problem.
She said a total number of 39 liters of chemicals were received and distributed to farmers to apply on their farms. 423 households benefited and a total area of 985 hectors of maize farms were covered, adding that under the planting for food and jobs programme, a total number of 16,329 bags of fertilizers were received and distributed to 1,503 farmers.
The DCE urged the people to continue to support the government as the President and his team of relentless men and women work to make life better for all citizens.
The Deputy Regional Minister who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area reminded the people of the implementation of the One-District One-Factory programme which would provide agricultural opportunities for the development of the area, and called on them to support government to successfully implement the policy.
He charged the people to remain united because it was only in unity that they could foster peace for the development of the area, noting that learning to forgive one another would nurse and grow peace for the area.
Mr Jerry Asamani Regional Coordinator of NADMO for the Upper East Region said his outfit had put in place necessary plans to contain natural disasters such as floods that occurred in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 where the region lost several lives and property.
Mr Charles Assibi Ayanni, Assembly man for the area who received the items on behalf of the groups lauded the efforts of the organization and the Assembly and said the gift would motivate the volunteers to work harder.