The Upper West Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ahmed Mustapha has described bush burning as a man made disaster and not a natural disaster. Mr Ahmed said most bush fires are started by people with their parochial interest.
He stated that a lot of people in the Sissala West district lost their source of livelihood to bush fires last year. He revealed that about 56 farm lands were destroyed by bush fires affecting about 100 people at an estimated cost of GH¢13,270.00. The Director noted that there were domestics fires too in the Sissala West that affected six households costing an amount of GH¢9,680.00
Mr. Mustapha bemoaned the damage bush fires caused to lives and properties in the area.
He was optimistic that the commissioning of the fire station and the inauguration of the 73 fire volunteers will help reduce the harm of bush burning and domestic fires. He made this known on Thursday October 15, 2020 during the commissioning of the new fire station in Gwollu.
He pledged NADMO’s support towards fighting fire outbreaks in the region.
Mr. Mustapha added that NADMO had attached importance to the establishment of the fire station. They thus supported the newly outdoored station with blankets, mosquito nets, boots and cuttlasses to make it a success.
Addressing Officers of the Ghana Fire Service at Gwollu in the Sissala West District Mr. Ahmed charged traditional rulers to help in the fight against bush fires. He said with the support of traditional rulers at Nandom and Lawra Municipalities they have not recorded any case of bush fire. Mr Ahmed stressed that if the traditional rulers in those Municipalities acted as the front liners in the fight against bush fires, then the Sissala West district had no reason to let indiscriminate burning of the bush raise its head in the district.
The programme was organised by the Ghana Fire Service in collaboration with the Upper West Regional Disaster Management Organisation with funding support from the Sissala West District Assembly.