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Stop issuing licences to fuel stations in Accra - Former NPA boss

A former head of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Moses Asaga encouraged the Authority to set up a taskforce to enforce its regulations at fuel stations.

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A former head of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Moses Asaga has called on the regulator to desist from issuing licences to new fuel station applicants in Accra.

In an interview with Accra-based Starr FM, Asaga said Accra has enough fuel stations already.

“Accra is not supposed to have filling stations anymore. The hotspot indicates that Accra has enough filling stations. It is time we see more supervision. At a  T-junction, the fuel stations should be 300M away,” Asaga said.

READ ALSO: Police arrest three thieves at Atomic gas explosion site

He encouraged the NPA to set up a taskforce to enforce its regulations at fuel stations.

“Going forward, I think the NPA should have a squad who will monitor discharges at all stations. A lot of these accidents are as a result of human error.”

His suggestions come after a gas explosion at Atomic junction in Accra which claimed seven lives with over 100 others seriously injured.

READ ALSO: Ghanaians criticise GTV for coverage of ‘Miss Ghana’ during the Atomic Junction gas explosion

The Ghana National Fire Service took about 10 hours to bring the situation under total control.

Investigation has started to find out the cause of fire.

In a related development, a former director of the Town and Country Planning Kofi Osei says the NPA and other stakeholders must accept responsibility for the frequent accidents at fuel stations.

“The NPA, EPA and other stakeholders issue the permits, our office does not issue permits. I know that the normal process before citing a filling station is to do a neighbourhood survey, the Assembly will then have to be consulted and other processes continue,” he said.

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