Two Gas Stations, Tanker Yard Operators Given Two-Day Ultimatum To Produce Operating Permits
| Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 6:27am
The TMA Special Committee on enforcing environmental, safety and security standards of Gas filling station has given a two-day ultimatum to two gas filling stations and a gas tanker yard operators to produce their operating permits when the committee, led by the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Felix Nii Mensah Annang-La toured some gas filling stations and tanker yards in the Tema metropolis.
The tour was also to revoke the operating permit of some stations for breaching environmental, safety and security standards in the Tema Metropolis.
The tour was to task the operators of the stations to activate dysfunctional smoke detector and fire alarm system with immediate effect, and also renovate its Gas tank farm, which some has developed cracks.
The stations visited includes COEGAN Gas filling station, located at Tema Manhean, CEO Tanker Yard at the Tema Heavy Industrial Area as well as Glory Gas Filling Station also at Tema Heavy Industrial Area.
They were also charged to arrange for Fire and security personnel at the facility to ward-off commercial vehicles and other commercial activities that posed risk to lives and properties in their operational activities.
Briefing the media after the tour, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Felix Nii Mensah Annang-La noted that the inspection of gas filling stations is to re-enforce the new regulatory measures for the operations of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG industry in the Tema Metropolis.
He emphasized that the inspection formed part of new regulatory measures for the operations of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG industry embarked upon by the government to enforce environmental and safety regulations at the Gas stations, following the Atomic Junction Gas explosion on October 11, this year in Accra, which claimed 7 lives.
For her part, the Tema East Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency EPA; Irene Opoku said the agency is determined to halt gas stations, whose operations posed safety and security risk to the citizenry and urged the public to support the exercise.
She emphasized the need for operators to fence their facilities to prevent any eventualities due to inflammable nature of their area of work and allow a reasonable buffer around their facilities.
The Tema Regional Operations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, DO II Samuel Ebo Dartey tasked operators of Gas filling station to employ qualified personnel as attendants, instead of recruiting Senior High School graduates without taking them through any requisite training, adding that the job requires professional hands since it is very risky to the staff and the public.