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Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has given the strongest indication that the government will announce a new directive in the coming days to deal with the frequent gas explosions in Ghana.
Speaking at the scene of a gas explosion at the Atomic Junction in the nation’s capital Accra Sunday, Dr. Bawumia noted government will issue a “solid policy to deal with it once and for all.”
“This is one too many,” the vice president said after cutting short his trip in the Northern region to return to Accra.
Seven people have since lost their lives while trying to escape the explosion with about 40 injured persons currently on admission at the 37 Military Hospital. Two people are battling for their lives at the Intensive Care Unit of the military health facility.
“Some new policies are going to come in and those who will try to resist I don’t think they will be listened to because we have to put the lives of our people above anything else. We are going to move quite quickly to do it. We pretty much have an idea what we need to do,” Dr. Bawumia opined.
Sad day in Ghana
He described the gas explosion at Atomic Junction as a sad day for Ghana.
“On behalf of the president I will like to extend my condolences and our sympathies. All of Ghana have been affected and a major tragedy. This is one too many. This is about the eighth explosion in three years. We need a solid policy to deal with it once and for all. We owe it to the country and the government is going to take it seriously,” Dr. Bawumia assured.
He expressed his gratitude to the security agencies for working around the clock to bring the fire under control.
“I will like to on behalf of the president to thank our security for their timely intervention. Government is keeping this very much in focus and the president is being briefed on the event,” he added.
I’m devastated – Akufo-Addo
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in a tweet said he is “devastated” over the loss of six lives in the gas explosion.
President Akufo-Addo has expressed his “deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved” and has wished the “injured speedy recovery.”
In a tweet on Sunday morning, the President said:
Government is resolved, now more than ever, to ensure such an incident does not occur again.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) October 8, 2017