by Nana Appiah Acquaye

Commercial activities came to a standstill yesterday at ?Inchaban?, a community along the main Accra- Takoradi Highway, when residents and traders began to smell what they believe to be the scent of Liquefied Petroleum Gas leaking from a nearby fuel station operated by Petrosol, one of the Oil Marketing Companies in the country.

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Information gathered by Business Republic revealed that the leakage was from a gas tanker offloading the product at Petrosol station. This unfortunate development, which occurred during the early hours of yesterday morning, created a lot of panic among residents, traders and motorists plying the highway causing huge traffic on that stretch of road, attracting the presence of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service with five fire tenders on standby and 50 police officers on the scene to contain any eventuality, should there be any.

Speaking during a phone interview with Business Republic, the Assistant Division Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service at Shama, Mr. Emmanuel Bonney, confirmed the incident at the Petrosol Fuel Station and revealed that his outfit together with fire tenders from VRA and GHAPOHA were at the location to ensure total safety. He indicated that the leakage was as a result of a faulty valve on the truck.

He commended the Police for a great job done by stopping both human and vehicular movements in the area and also evacuating residents from their homes to avoid any casualty should there be any fire outbreak.
It took the fire service team almost an hour and a half to clear the atmosphere with fire resistance chemicals in order to protect lives and properties at the fuel station and its environs.

An incident like this raises a lot of concerns about the safety and maintenance checks done by the National Petroleum Authority and the Standard Board Authority on bullet trucks that carries not any mere substance but a highly inflammable substance like Liquid Petroleum Gas on our roads. Maybe with the incident of Goil Fuel Filling Station which claimed about 200 innocent lives at the Nkrumah Circle, we believe the relevant authorities mandated to ensure the safety of these trucks have not learnt any lessons, thus putting the lives of so many innocent Ghanaians at risk. Efforts to talk to management of Petrolsol proved futile since they were locked up in an emergency meeting.

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