Gas Tanker in Accra, Ghana Explodes

Gas tanker explosion in Accra, Ghana.

Gas tanker explosion in Accra, Ghana.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international reports, a tanker explosion near a gas station in Accra, Ghana has killed at least seven people and injured nearly seventy others Saturday night October 7, 2017. Accra is the capital of Ghana.

The blaze and blasts gutted a liquefied gas filling station and a nearby petroleum station in the Atomic Junction area of the Legon suburb of Accra, The blast sent a giant fireball into the sky and local residents fleeing.

The head of the Ghana Standards Authority, Alex Dodoo, on Sunday said there had been eight gas explosions in four years, including in June 2015, when a similar fire and explosion at a petrol station in Accra killed more than 100 people.

In December last year, a gas tanker caught fire in another residential area of Accra, creating a fireball that caused five deaths and damaged a nearby school.

“This is a time for concrete action,” Dodoo was quoted as saying by Citi FM radio after Saturday’s incident. “Fixing it and making sure that it doesn’t happen again is a responsible thing to do.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo offered his condolences, and said his “government is resolved, now more than ever, to ensure such an incident does not occur again”.

Akufo-Addo said cabinet ministers will meet on Thursday and will likely come out with a “comprehensive program” and policy to prevent future explosions.

“I would like everybody involved in the industry to recognize we will all have to make adjustments to be able to guarantee the safety and the security of our people so these things do not happen again,” he said.

But the OccupyGhana pressure group feared nothing would change once the messages of condolences and anger passed.

“One would have thought that after the June 3 (2015) disaster there would have been a massive clampdown on how filling stations are sited in residential areas,” the group’s spokesman, Nana Sarpong Agyeman-Badu, told AFP.

“We have not really done much or learnt anything. We all go back to sleep and the issue will come back up again, we will talk about it then go back to sleep.

“I am pretty sure in the next couple of weeks we will see back and forth – people going around shutting down filling stations – and then we go back to as we were.”

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