The Association of Oil Marketing Companies has appealed to government to come out with a holistic policy to curb explosions at the pump.
The association has also asked government to undertake a thorough examination of the Atomic Junction Gas explosion.
Their call follows agitations by a section of the public on the need to shutdown fuel stations that they deem threatening to residents in areas where fuel stations have been sited.
At a press yesterday [Thursday], the CEO of the AOMC, Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, urged the government not to be intimidated by closing down legitimate fuel stations due to call by a section of the public.
He said, “the unparalleled marauding, demonstrations against some legitimate retail outlets and hitting the panic button “exemplified” by the wanton closure of retail outlets in a rambo style by some unrepentant MMDCEs in an industry regulatory by specific bodies, is unwarranted and must be condemned with all the attempt it deserves.’’
He added, “This has innate results of culminating in chaos and anarchy in the society and inflaming passion among the citizenry thereby creating disaffection for OMCs/LPGMs.’’
According to him, “some marketers have their administrative offices within the confines of such outlets. Therefore, our intent to have a safe operation of our outlets cannot be in doubt.’’
He was of the opinion that, the situation rather calls for a sober deep-seated thought, through unbiased and unfettered investigations to unearth the root causes, and furnish the nation with sustained corrective and preventive actions, which will inform the public in a positive manner, whilst consolidating or improving the existing industry standards for public safety.
Seven (7) people lost their lives and about 132 others sustained injuries due to an explosion at the Madina Zongo Junction last week Saturday.
Investigations are still underway to establish the cause of the explosion.