Politicians should not be held responsible for the mushrooming of fuel filling stations in developing residential neighborhoods in Accra, according to former deputy National Coordinator for National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Hon Joseph Yamin.
The former deputy Minister’s comments followed comments from a section of Ghanaians blaming Politicians for the mushrooming of fuel filling stations in Accra a day after the gas explosion at Atomic-Madina Junction because there has been one or too many fire outbreaks in the capital city.
The Deputy Ashanti regional Minister who was speaking to Homebase TVs‘ Nana Yaa Boamponsem Ameyaw on the Morning Show ‘Eboboba’ stated that , supervision of the already existing structures must be intensified for safety.
”Where are the institutions who have been tasked to ensure public health and safety ?” Joseph Yamin questioned
”It is time we see more supervision. At a T-junction, the fuel stations should be 300M away,” he added.
Meanwhile, A former CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Moses Asaga, wants a halt in the issuance of licence to new filling stations in Accra.
According to him, the capital is choked and does not need new stations. For him, supervision of the already existing structures must be intensified for safety.
At least seven people have been confirmed dead with dozens injured in the Madina Atomic Junction gas explosion that occurred on Saturday night in Accra.
Two of the deceased are said to have been knocked down by speeding vehicles during the chaos.
More than 20 vehicles are also reported to have been razed down by the explosion.
Many of the injured persons were sent to the 37 Military Hospital and Legon Hospital for treatment.
Four of the injured persons are said to be in life-threatening conditions at the 37 Military Hospital.
Two fuel stations, including a gas refill station at the Madina Junction, caught fire leading to the destruction of several properties and loss of lives.
The fire is said to have started at about 7:30 p.m on Saturday.