Tuesday , 16 January 2018

Time with Lisa: Have we learnt any lessons from the June 3rd flood-fire disaster?

Louisa Atta-Akpoto - the writer

Louisa Atta Akpoto – the writer

Are the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Petroleum Authority (NPA) doing their jobs as institutions?

I’m asking this question because of the issues that came up after the June 3rd disaster.

It’s important that we stop the blame game and delve a little into the conditions which fuel pump stations or filling stations as we popularly call them must meet before operation.

1. Area should be spacious enough to allow maneuvering of vehicles.

2. The site should not be near any public institution such as schools, hospitals, public libraries and playgrounds.

3. The site should not be close to any industrial firm as they produce a lot of heat.

4. The product being sold must not have adverse effect on the environment etc.

5. Fuel stations are to be 500 meters apart

6. The site must not serve any other purpose aside the reason for obtaining the permit.

Lots and lives and property were lost during the tragic disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra a year ago

Lots and lives and property were lost during the tragic disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra a year ago

It is only when these conditions are met that the EPA issues a permit for operation under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology.

Unfortunately, what we see in recent times is alarming. Fuel pump stations are springing up everywhere, some of these sites are located in the heart of residential areas, near schools and public areas. Worse still, some are operating chop bars, restaurants, grills and pubs.

This has become a major concern. One year on, and we’re still seeing the same loose ends. Permits are issued to applicants without any inspection and nobody goes round to supervise these fuel stations to see if they are complying to the conditions given them.

We are praying such a disaster never occurs but what are we doing as good citizens of our nation to make sure it never does again?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology must up their game. Thank you!



  1. It’s not my first time to pay a visit this web site, i am
    visiting this website dailly and take pleasant data from here all the time.

  2. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or
    if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting
    a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.

    Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  3. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  4. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could
    a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.

    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.