The Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA) donated 3,080 blankets to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) as Emergency Relief Goods to support humanitarian assistance activities of NADMO in future disasters. Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Mr. Araki Yasumichi said JICA has been cooperating with Ghana for the past 58 years through several modalities, including Japanese Yen Loan, Grant Aid, Technical Cooperation and volunteer programme.

Mr. Yasumichi noted that, over the years, more than 4,700 government officials, including staff of NADMO have benefited from training in Japan or a third-country. JICA has supported NADMO where necessary to coordinate the management of disaster and other emergencies in Ghana, Mr. Yasumichi added.

“We hope that this donation would boost NADMo’s efforts in the delivery of its mandate and help alleviate the plight of disaster-affected persons in Ghana.”

The Director-General of NADMO Mr. Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh received the donated blankets and recalled the assistance of the Government of Japan through JICA over the years. Mr. Agyemang-Prempeh assured JICA in Ghana that NADMO would put the blankets to their best use and thanked JICA for enhancing and upgrading the capacity of staff of NADMO through training in Japan.

Currently, JICA is supporting the Government of Ghana in four priority areas namely; Quality Infrastructure for Economic Growth, Industrial and Agricultural Development, Universal Health Coverage and Capacity Development for Effective Public Service.

Globally, JICA implements its mandate of emergency relief to several countries across the world. Being prone to disasters associated with earthquakes, tsunami and landslides, etc., Japan is always eager to contribute immensely to global disaster prevention and relief efforts.