The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) must act to bring to an end the unwarranted and frequent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) explosions in the country.
Records show that from 2007 to date, the country has recorded over 110 deaths and 500 injuries from gas explosions under differing circumstances. Within the last three years the country has experienced 8 gas explosions, with Accra recording 7 of such unfortunate incidents.
According a Health and Safety Expert, Mr. Kenneth Yeboah, the frequency and the impacts of the explosions are a clear manifestation of the absence of rigorous standards and regulations associated with LPG handling, within the Ghanaian downstream petroleum sector.
Mr. Yeboah speaking to Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan -Bekoe on Homebase TV’s Morning Show ‘Eboboba’ suggested that the Minister of Energy should go beyond banning the filling of LPG bottles at retail sites, to include the appropriate siting of LPG retailing stations, consistent and effective monitoring of LPG sites, stringent regulatory and licensing regimes etc.
The petroleum sector needs regular supervision to identify and prevent any disaster, but some of the Managers in the petroleum sector focus on their profits and ignore public safety.
A gas explosion at the Atomic Junction Saturday evening has ignited a conversation about where fuel and gas stations should be sited in the country.
About seven people lost their lives, while a 132 sustained other degrees of injury in the explosion that threw an entire community and the country at large, into a state of shock.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia during a tour of the area on Sunday indicated that, a new policy is in the offing to deal with safety concerns once and for all.
Many other stakeholders have also called for a new policy to be formulated.