President John Mahama has sent his condolences to the victims and families of the Thursday evening gas explosion incident at La in Greater Accra region.
In a related development, president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo has indicated that the regulations on the citing of gas and fuel stations must deliberated on again to prevent high number of deaths during explosions.
In a Facebook post sympathising with the victims and their families Nana Addo said there must be strict enforcement of such laws to prevent future occurrences.
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“I have learnt with sadness of the news of a gas explosion near the Trade Fair Centre, resulting in the loss of 6 lives, and injuries to many others. My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
“It is about time we take a second look at the citing of gas stations in our country, and ensure the strict enforcement of, and adherence to safety regulations, so as to forestall the occurrence of any more of such avoidable incidents.”
Five people have been confirmed dead and about 39 persons are reported injured after a gas explosion at La.
According to the deputy minister of Health Victor Bampoe, 27 of the injured are currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital with 6 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and 6 at the La General Hospital.
The explosion which occurred at about 4pm on Thursday took fire officers more than four hours to control the inferno which had spread to nearby shops and parts of the Trade Fair Centre.