The Office of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in the Lower River Region (LRR) recently organised a two-day sensitisation forum on the 2008 National Disaster Act and Policy, as well as disaster risk management, at the Regional Education Directorate in Mansakonko, LRR.
The members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC),councilors, amongst others attended the forum, which was funded by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).
Speaking at the occasion, Lamin Darboe, the governor of the region, thanked the National Disaster Management Agency for the sensitisation. He described the initiative as important and timely, forthe fact that disaster has no boundary and that anybody can be a victim.
Governor Darboe challenged the participants to take the training seriously, to enable them have a better understanding of issues relating to disaster, and to disseminate the knowledge gained to the wider community.
Puolo Joof, the acting director of the NDMA, spoke on the significance of the training, noting that the Agency is ready to work with stakeholders and partners to mitigate disaster in the country. Joof suggested for the Regional Disaster Management Committee to come up with their own proposal to mitigate disaster in their various regions and assured of the Agency's resolve to work and partner with all, in mitigating disaster in the country.
The Regional Disaster Management coordinator in LRR, Lamin Saidy, told the gathering that The Gambia government through an Act act of the National Assembly in 2008 established the Agency.He said the forum is meant to sensitise them on the National Disaster Management Act and Policy, as well as disaster risk management in The Gambia.
Saidy said the objective of the Act is to provide for an integrated and coordinated disaster management that focuses on prevention, preparedness and response, as well as mitigation and recovery from disasters. He affirmed that the National Disaster Management Policy placespriority on preparedness and prevention and therefore thanked the Gambiagovernment for its commitment and efforts to mitigate disaster in the country.