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Mr. Nemo is now Phillip Willoughby Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Readers of this newspaper will recall our very first issue and it’s headline captioned “MUSA FLEES MITCH.” In that issue we covered the aftermath of the CATASTROPHIC Hurricane Mitch. Although the hurricane did not strike Belize directly, we still felt the wrath of its outer bands that produced TROPICAL STORM FORCE winds and a lot of rainfall in certain parts of the country causing havoc and destruction, which caused many persons to have been displaced. The job of assisting those persons affected by the storm was to be done by NEMO. However like with all other things involving a PUP Administration, there was mass confusion, miscommunication, mismanagement and hustling, that caused people extreme and unnecessary hardships. One of the things we remember quite clearly, was when a journalist asked a lady who was affected by the hurricane, whether she had been visited by NEMO, her immediate response was “NO SAH ME NO SEE MR. NEMO AT ALL.”.

Well no longer will anyone’s response be that they have not seen Mr. Nemo. There is a new Mr. Nemo on the job in the person of Mr. Phillip Willoughby, who is now the new Operations Officer for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Mr Philip Willoughby who is a former Belize City Councilor, who had responsibility for the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO), is a perfect fit for the job. He has abundant knowledge and experience in the area of Disaster and Emergency Management. Although he is only 40 years old Willoughby has been involved with NEMO for 12years, ever since 2006 when he was first elected as Belize City Councilor. Superman as Willoughby is fondly known by many Belizeans is a person known for working long hours and is always one of the first persons on the ground whenever there is anything that appears to be an emergency and is always the last person to leave, long after the emergency procedures have been put in place. Willoughby said that he is happy and thankful, that he has been given the opportunity to continue serving the country and people of Belize in this new capacity. His appointment takes effect immediately.

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