The Ministry of Internal Affairs has commenced the reactivation of County Disaster Management Committees, as part of an effort to increase response to disasters. The reactivation of the committees will enable county disaster management committees to employee their own strategies to respond to disasters in their areas.
Speaking to our Bong County correspondent during the reactivation of the Bong County Disaster Management Committee, the National Disaster Management Committee Technical Assistant at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Fernoh Gbilah, said the process is also part of the government’s de-concentration exercise.
He added that most of the responses to disasters were from Monrovia – something that has made it difficult to adequately respond to disasters across the country.
Mr. Gbilah noted that the decision to reactivate the county disaster committees was based on a baseline survey conducted by the ministry and partners that shows the level of disasters in the country and lack of awareness.
He said community ownership was very essential to disaster management in Liberia. The National Disaster Management Committee provided a strategic plan, asking stakeholders to make inputs beginning now to August 6.
The Bong County reactivation exercise was attended by members of the local county leadership and stakeholders. By Papa Morris from Bong County – Editing by George Barpeen