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CABINET TO MEET ON THURSDAY ON GAS EXPLOSIONS – PERRY OKUDZETO

President Akufo-Addo is expected on Thursday  to chair a cabinet meeting to map out immediate strategies to curb the recent gas explosions in the country.

Deputy Information Minister, Curtis Perry Okudzeto, said government will involve all stakeholders to ensure maximum safety across the gas filling stations in the country.

Speaking on Accra-based Okay FM on Monday, the Deputy Minister described the eight gas explosions across the country in the last three years as unacceptable.

At least seven people have been confirmed dead and 132 injured from Saturday’s night gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Madina.

Following the explosion, President Akufo-Addo has called for stakeholder support to make new safety policies succeed.

Also, Vice President,  Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia said a strong policy on the siting of fuel stations is long overdue.

Speaking to journalists at the site of the explosion on Sunday, the Vice President revealed that a crunch meeting of government officials resolved to expedite the formulation of a robust regulation.

There has been a long-standing debate about the establishment of fuel stations close to residential areas, however, a lack of political will has meant that the issue comes up only when there is a disaster.

“This is one too many. This is about the eighth explosion that has happened in three years, and I think what Ghanaians really want is solid policies to deal with this once and for all. We are going to move to deal with it.

“It is not about committees upon committees and nothing gets done. I think that we owe it to the country and the government is going to take this very seriously,” he assured.

He said the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Ministry, the Fire Service will be involved in the formulation of the new policy.

“We are going to move quite quickly to do it. It is not going to be one that you will wait weeks for it to happen. It is going to happen relatively quickly,” he said.

A statement from the Information Minister added that out of those injured, 64 persons have been discharged from the hospitals with 68 others receiving treatment.

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