Rep. Willie Calls For National Forum On Disaster
The Chairman of the House Committee on Lands, Mines and Energy, Rep. Vincent Willie, has called for a national forum of stakeholders to discuss the harmonization of the country’s disaster management program.
Rep. Willie said synchronizing the country’s disaster program will address the problem of fragmentation in which every government ministry and agency has its own disaster management program.The Grand Bassa County Representative noticed that with the enactment of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) into law, there is a need to place the coordination of all disaster-related programs under the agency.
Rep. Willie spoke at the Capitol Building recently during an acquaintance meeting with the Executive Director and senior staff of the National Disaster Management Agency.
He pledged the committee’s unflinching support to the work of the disaster agency adding, “Disaster is an uninvited guest that can come anytime and we as a nation must be prepared.”
Also speaking earlier, the Executive Director of the NDMA, Henry O. Williams, briefed the committee on prospects and challenges confronting the disaster agency, including capacity building and Budgetary support.
According to Williams, Liberia has much to do in the area of disaster management, including sensitizing the public on disaster prevention, reduction and identifying disaster hotspots across the country.
He said the best time to plan for disaster is in the absence of incident because when incident occurs, it is time to respond with what you had planned.