DBI: NADMO Director Accused of Allegedly Extorting Money from Flood Victims

Mr. David Kuubini, the District Director of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) , Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District

Sungmaale News Desk has gathered that Mr. David Kuubini, the District Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District in the Upper West Region has come under fire after he allegedly collected part of monies donated to flood victims recently by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the region.

Our sources alleged he collected a ₵100.00 Ghana Cedes from each of the victims which he claimed was to be given to facilitators who ensured the donation to the flood victims was made possible.

It added that information about the collection of the said monies got to the Regional NADMO Director who directed him to return the money to the people which he did.

It will be recalled that the Catholic Relief Services through its Country Director, Mr. Daniel Mumuni, on November 8, 2021, made a cash donation amount of ₵950,000 Ghana Cedes in Wa to the victims of the August flooding that ravaged the homes of people, cut off roads while submerging hundreds of their farmlands.

So, the donation which was received by the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, was to be shared amongst 811 households with each supposed to take home ₵700.00 Cedes.

In an exclusive interview with the DBI NADMO director, Mr. David Kuubini, Monday, December 6, 2021, for his response to the allegations, Mr. David confirmed to Sungmaale FM without any hesitation that he and his team of officers indeed took the monies from the flood victims but had duly returned same to all of them after they were directed to do so by their superiors.

Explaining what necessitated their action amid admitting they erred, David stated the decision was a collective one he took with his team and not a unilateral one.

According to him, it was his operations officer who suggested they appealed to the flood victims for a share of the money to be able to support the volunteers of the organization who he said were very instrumental in the assessment process of the victims.

He indicated he realized that was the only way they could get something little to support the volunteers who are not on the payroll of the outfit but only get renumerated with some stipend only when the organization does get support.

Expressing remorse for their action amid pledging not to make such “unpopular decision” again, he noted that the money was not forcefully taken from the flood victims but as a result of a plea made to them to enable the organization gets something little to pay its volunteers by way of the deductions.

He explained: “The volunteers are not paid so what we do is to occasionally get them something small when we do have a support. They have been helping us a lot in many disasters and particularly in that flooding, they did a lot in terms of the assessment. It was my operations officer who suggested we do that (collect money from each victim) to be given to the volunteers.

“But we were later called and asked that we return the money which we did. We returned it to all of them. We didn’t mean bad at all. We didn’t force them to bring the money, we pleaded and those who accepted gave us to be given to the volunteers, we are sorry, we won’t repeat such a thing again.”

Source: Sungmaale 90.5fm

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