Aftermath of Tafo Gas explosion: two confirmed dead, officials move to close down filling station

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Authorities in the Ashanti Regional are initiating steps that will lead to the total closure of the Trinity Gas Filling station where an explosion occurred yesterday, November 20, 2018, leading to the death of two persons.

The move according to the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Kwabena Nsenkyire has become necessary because of the inappropriate siting of the filling station.

According to him, the closure of the filling station may extend to adjoining buildings within the precincts of the filling station, particularly a school that shares a wall with the filling station called Great Ebenezer School.

According Mr. Nsenkyire, they are preparing engineers to go to the site to inspect the permits being used by the filling station and to ensure that, it is closed down as soon as possible, adding that with respect to the school, there seem to be challenges with its structural integrity coupled with the issue of permit to build the structure there.

He noted that he will liaise with the Mayor of the city to ensure that all such structures are closed down and that only legitimate and accredited structures are allowed to operate, to ensure that lives and properties are safeguarded.

He said he was currently visiting the various hospitals to wish all those who have been injured as a result of the explosion well and to offer whatever assistance and support they can.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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