High Level Disaster Preparedness And Response Table Top Exercise Convenes

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai yesterday met with Officials from the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, the United States Africa Command, National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria and the Chair on the Committee on Disaster of Nigeria on Capitol Hill ahead of today High Level Disaster Preparedness and Response Table Top Exercise slated to convene here.

The Officials, Mr. Kofi Arthur of the House of Parliament of Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy of the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, Mr. Erik Threet of the United States Africa Command and Mr. Muhammed Sani Sidi, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency and Sunday Ifedayo Abegunde were accompanied to the Office of the Vice President by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Rennie Jackson.

A release from the Office of the Vice President quotes a communication from the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly as saying that  the purpose of Tuesday’s exercise is to stimulate discussion among senior officials of the Liberian Government on matters relating to improving national disaster management and preparedness capabilities of the country.

The meeting is organized by the members of the Liberian Technical Core Team, National Disaster Relief and funded by the United States Africa Command and their implementing partner, the Center for Disaster Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who is also President of the Liberian Senate, will deliver an official opening address at the meeting.

Earlier Vice President Boakai stressed the need for a clear cut mandate and implementable terms of reference for Liberia’s disaster relief program.

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