Ghana’s Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul Hamid has said president Akufo Addo has instructed for the immediate shut down of ‘high-risk’ LPG stations across the country.
According to the minister, the presidential directive comes in the wake of last Saturday’s huge gas explosion that occurred at Atomic junction in the Greater Accra Region which claimed about seven lives while leaving dozens with various degree of injuries.
Abdul Hamid was speaking to host of Abusua Nkommo, Kwame Adinkra.
He disclosed, the directive was arrived at after deliberations at Thursday’s cabinet meeting over the explosion.
Mustapha Abdul Hamid says in order to ensure implementation of the directive, a task force is to be deployed in the next 30 days to assess the risk impact of all gas stations planted across the country.
“High risk stations will be immediately closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests. Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas for vehicles with improved safety standards,” the minister observed.
Meanwhile, the government has ordered the “immediate cessation” of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations.
The new directive is “until further notice” as government rolls out safety and regulatory measures to save lives and properties in the wake of the Atomic Junction gas explosion which claimed seven lives.