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Bureau of Public Safety commends prez & media on disaster reportage Featured

Written by  Oct 13, 2017
The Executive Director of Bureau of Public Safety, Nana Akwandah has commended the media for its activeness in reporting disasters including Saturday’s Madina gas explosion. In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem as the world observes Disaster Reduction Day he said, technology is far advanced to alert any pending disaster especially natural ones. Based on this he believes disaster reduction is being achieved gradually. He used the opportunity to admonish the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to use the occasion to outline ways of dealing with disasters in the country. Meanwhile, the organization has commended the president for the directives issued to deal with the explosions in the country. The government after the cabinet meeting further ordered the “immediate cessation” of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations. The new directive is “until further notice” as government rolls out safety and regulatory measures to save lives and properties in the wake of the Atomic Junction gas explosion which claimed seven lives. Other actions directed by the President include: 1. immediate inspection of all gas stations and the vigorous enforcement of existing regulations by the National Petroleum Authority; 2. review of the current licensing regime to ensure that only those with demonstrable capacity and competence engage in the LPG distribution business; 3. institution of mandatory training and certification of the staff of Regulators, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies to ensure the safe handling of LPG; 4. review the safety protocols along the entire value chain through the combined efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), National Fire Service (NFS), Town and Country Planning Department of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations; 5. deployment of a task force, within 30 days, to assess the risk that our current LPG infrastructure poses in terms of public health and safety. High risk stations will be immediately closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests. Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas for vehicles with improved safety standards; 6. the immediate incorporation of standards and guidelines developed by Ghana Standards Authority on the handling, storage and distribution of LPG and other petroleum products as technical regulations to strengthen the enforcement regime; 7. the recruitment by NPA of 200 safety auditors to join the staff of the Factories Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to check regularly on all stations to ensure full compliance with safety standards and practices; 8. expedition of action by the Fire Service and the Police Service of on-going investigations. Any operator or regulatory official, against whom any act of criminal negligence is established, will face the full rigors of the law; 9. immediate cessation, until further notice, of all construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations.
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