Anti Bushfire Sub Committee Inaugurated (BA/R)

The Atebubu-Amantin District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Sampson Owusu Boateng, has inaugurated an anti-bushfire sub-committee of the Assembly to help in the preventing and controlling bushfires in the district.

The occasion also saw the launch of anti-bushfire volunteer squads from various communities in the district.

Performing the inauguration, Mr. Owusu Boateng said the effect of fires could be devastating but added that with a collective effort it could be controlled.

He asked the Fire Service to ensure that all business concerns in the district kept fire extinguishers.

Earlier in a welcome address, the District Fire Commander, Divisional Officer II, J. K. Tetteh said his outfit had trained 25 volunteer squads in various communities and thanked the World Vision Ghana for its support to train the volunteers.

While urging the Assembly to increase its support to the volunteer squads, he asked the DCE to speed up plans to relocate the district fire office since its present location was not conducive for effective operation.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Fire Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ofei Adade, said the formation of the sub-committee and volunteer squads was backed by PNDC law 229 of 1990 which mandated District Assemblies to set up bushfire control sub-committees under the executive committee of the Assembly.

He spelt out the functions of the committee and urged the DCE to ensure that it got the necessary support from the Assembly.

Mr. Solomon Gayoni, the Brong Ahafo Regional Manager of the Ghana Red Cross Society, who was instrumental in the formation of the volunteer squads, said his outfit currently operated in Fakwasi a community in the district making interventions in health and sanitation.

The function was chaired by the Omanhene of the Atebubu traditional area Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong II.

Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart)

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