After more than two decades of service to the people of Antigua and Barbuda, the Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Philmore Mullin, is heading into retirement.
Sherrod James, who has worked with NODS for many years, will likely be appointed as the department’s new boss. Mullin originally indicated that he was heading into retirement three years ago, but he has only now indicated that he will finally leave after rendering 22 years of service.
Speaking of his successor, James, Mullin said, ““Sherrod has been well prepared. He has to find his own feet. I wouldn’t want him to be like me. I want him to be his own person.” He added while he is moving on to enjoy his later years more peacefully, his knowledge and expertise will always be available to NODS and the people of Antigua and Barbuda.
““I will not be serving in the capacity as director but if asked to do specific disaster management things, I will be more than happy so to do,” he indicated.
Mullin also noted while much has been achieved in the area of national disaster management over the last twenty years, there still remains a lot more work to do. “When I joined this office, disaster management certainly wasn’t what it was years ago. We have gone through several plans, we have developed a sound community disaster management programme. We can be proud of such a system.
“We still have work to do with various ministries and departments and I would like to see a little more ownership. “The various ministries need to take more responsibility and ownership of disaster management.” (POINTE XPRESS)
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