Majority Leader in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has underscored the need for people to be punished for their negligence which leads to disasters such as the Madina Zongo junction gas explosion.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs says the explosions are one too many and frightening hence the need for us to take measures to deal with them.
He said, available statics reveals that 35 percent of all burn cases at the Korle-Teaching Hospital, are attributed to gas explosions hence the need for us to pursue a path of advocacy and education to curb the situation.
The legislator said we should also enforce the law on sitting of fuel and gas stations.
According to the Minister, the enforcement of the laws, will end avoidable disasters such as the one Ghanaians were exposed to last Saturday at a gas filling station at Atomic Junction in Accra.
About seven people perished, and 132 sustained varied degrees of injury when the MANSCO gas station exploded.
Ghanaians have called for strict enforcement of our laws to prevent such disasters in the future.
Commenting on it, Hon. Mensah Bonsu stressed the need for state bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Town and Country Planning Department, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to act with a sense of urgency in working to ensure that gas establishments are located 100meters radius away from residential and other business areas.
He also bemoaned the lack on the capacity on the part of the various assemblies in enforcing the laws.
‘’We have laws in this country. Fuel station owners are expected to insure their property and their premiums should be high especially when these facilities are located within residential areas,’’ he explained.
Owners of such facilities he said should also be charged for criminal negligence and fined so the money is allocated to the victims of such disasters. This will serve as a deterrent to others he said.
The laws must be enforced without fear or favour. Those who compromise on safety should also be punished, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He emphasized that any individual, who per investigations, is found to have failed to execute his/her duties effectively resulting in the gas explosion should be made to face the full rigors of the law.
He urged the government to enforce the laws governing the gas sector to ensure there are no further explosions in the offing.