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General News of Monday, 9 October 2017

Source: atinkaonline.com

Atomic Gas explosion: Ghanaians don’t learn from past experiences – Kwesi Pratt

The Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt, has accused Ghanaians of not learning from past experiences hence the increase in gas explosions.

Seven people have been confirmed dead with several others injured in the Madina Atomic Junction gas explosion that occurred on Saturday night in Accra.

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.

Speaking to Kaakyire Ofori Ayim on Atinka AM Drive, Kwesi Pratt stated that if Ghanaians learn from past experiences, authorities would have stopped restaurants and ‘chop bars’ from setting up at fuel and Gas stations.

Kwasi Pratt who disagreed with persons calling for the removal of fuel and Gas stations from residential areas argued that Ghana’s priority should be the enforcement of safety measures which he said is key in the prevention future explosions.

He cited foreign countries where people have lived several years in storey buildings with the ground floor serving as fuel and Gas stations but never experienced any form of explosion.

“There is the need for strict safety measures such as the procedure for loading and discharging fuel and gas. Fuel stations situated at residential areas is not the issue”, he opined.

The Atomic disaster brings the number of gas explosions in the country to eight in three years.