Togbe Akliku: It is usual to have filling stations in populated areas
Togbe Akliku Ahorney, the Regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency says that it is not unusual to have filling stations in populated areas.
He said that their community location was to make their services accessible to the people and not reasonable to relocate them.
The Volta Regional Director was speaking to the GNA, Ghana News Agency in an interview following the gas explosion at the Goil Filling Station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, which killed more than one hundred people reportedly on June 3.
Some locals in Ho for a year and more have been blaming the Environmental Protection Agency for giving certifications for the fuel stations to be installed near public policies and communities, such as hospitals.
Togbe Akliku Ahorney said the Goil filling station incident was purely an incident and could not be used to dispute for the relocation of all filling stations.
He said that stations were supposed to operate with disaster extenuating equipment like fire extinguishers and insisted that it was essential to relocate them.
He said it was the public appreciated risk points, try to live and compromise with them.
Togbe Ahorney urged on the celebration of the World Environment Day to the Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region to make sure that sand weaning of the building projects was sustainably done in their districts.
He stated that sand waning remained the one challenge regarding the environment.
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