The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) boss, Kofi Portuphy, brought honour to Ghana, when he was recently knighted by the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO), an intergovernmental organisation.
He has dedicated the honour to NADMO and all its collaborators.
ICDO’s objective is to contribute to the development of States, by ensuring the protection and assistance of populations and safeguarding property and the environment in the face of natural and man-made disasters.
Sir Portuphy, who was recently awarded the best farmer in citrus in the Eastern Region, was knighted at the 47th Session of the Executive Council that took place in Geneva on February 20 to 21, this year.
The Executive Council, which is composed of 22 ICDO Member States, executes and implements decisions of the General Assembly and conducts the activities of the Organisation relevantly. The Executive Council meetings takes place annually.
Speaking on his recognition by the ICDO, Sir Portuphy, modestly pointed out that, “the ICDO conferring a knighthood title on me is undoubtedly in recognition of my over thirty years work in the area of civil defense and disaster management”.
He went on, “It is equally a recognition of the active role that I have played to get Ghana to be represented on the Executive Council. From 1974 that Ghana became an ICDO member country, it was not until 2011 that I was able to get Ghana to the Executive Council.”
Sir Portuphy, noted that Ghanaians have every reason to be proud of NADMO that he heads.
“Ghana enjoys a very high degree of respect and recognition among ICDO members states in view of the fact that many of the new things that are being introduced to the organisation are things that Ghana has done long ago or has been doing for a very long time now.
For example, ICDO is now pushing for member states to have legislation backing the operations of their various Civil Defense organisation, whereas in Ghana we have had legislation backing the work of NADMO a long time ago. Indeed, we are currently reviewing the NADMO legislation so as to make it responsive to current challenges and trends,” Sir Portuphy pointed out.
“I must say that I share this honour with the dedicated team that I have the privilege of working with at NADMO as well as the officers and men of the other collaborative agencies such as the 48th Regiment, the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Fire Service and all the other agencies.
Their collaborative efforts have made it possible for NADMO to continue to effectively discharge its functions with minimal hiccup,” Sir Portuphy stated.
Sir Portuphy’s role in civil defence, is offering support, safety, and succour, to disaster victims spans a period of a decade and a half.
Right from the days of the PNDC he was involved in managing not only the return of over one million Ghanaian deportees from Nigeria, but also making sure that the returnees were reintegrated into the various communities that they were returning to.
Indeed, it was his involvement in providing support, safety, and succour, to disaster victims that saw him rescuing Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, the National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) from Liberia at the height of the civil war in that country.