Danger 87-year-old woman sues NPA, AMA over filling station

The plaintiff said her life has been exposed to danger by the presence of an Allied Oil filling station near her home.

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An 87-year-old woman has sued the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and two other institutions over the siting of a filling station at Tesano in Accra.

The plaintiff said her life has been exposed to danger by the presence of an Allied Oil filling station near her residence.

She said no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess the danger she will be exposed to when the fuel station was constructed.


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Nana Akwasi Awuah, lawyer for the plaintiff said the EPA did not consider the safety regulations before issuing permit to Allied Oil adding that the fuel station poses danger to his client.

The lawyer who spoke to Accra-based Joy FM said, "We’ve taken all these institutions including the Ghana National Fire Service to court [in order] to look at the laws and regulations governing the construction of fuel stations in this country."

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The suit was filed at an Accra High Court.

Meanwhile, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist church Most Very Reverend Titus Awotwe Pratt is blaming the EPA and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for the recent gas explosions in the country.

He said the country is wasting resources on EPA and NPA who have not lived up to expectations.


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His comment comes on the back of a gas explosion at Atomic junction on Saturday, that claimed seven lives and left several others injured.

The gas station explosion has killed at least 7 persons and injured 132 people.

132 injured persons, 64 of them have been treated and discharged.

An investigation has been commenced into the cause of the explosion.

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