Apam (C/R), Feb. 28, GNA - The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has initiated an outreach programme to tour the districts and municipalities of the Central Region to sensitize communities in flood prone areas on how to curb floods.
Alhaji Osamn Moro Fukuyama, Deputy Regional NADMO Coordinator, announced this when he visited Apam in the Gomoa West District to meet Disaster Volunteer Groups and opinion leaders on how to create free passage for rain water.
Alhaji Fukuyama, who is in charge of the Manpower and Mobilization Department of NADMO, called on metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to enforce the law on granting building permits.
He said the assemblies must ensure that their Town and Country Planning Officer enforced the law without fear or favour.
He said buildings constructed without building permits, especially those on water ways, must be pulled down immediately and that they must not be allowed to stay to divert the course of rainwater.
Alhaji Fukuyama appealed to the assemblies to ensure that contractors working on town roads constructed drainage system according to specification.
He said some of the gutters in the towns were just too small to allow free flow of rainwater.
He cautioned people who used gutters as places for dumping refuse to stop the practice and urged Environmental Health Officers to deal drastically with anyone caught doing that.
Alhaji Fukuyama said NADMO had established nurseries to produce seedlings for Disaster Volunteer Groups and others to plant in the communities to check erosion and also to serve as wind breaks.
He said the First Quarter Action Programme prepared by NADMO would take officials to all districts and municipalities to discuss with the authorities how they could help to control floods.
He had so far toured Gomoa East and West Districts and Effutu Municipality.