EPA urged to resist illegal siting of fuel stations

By Sam Edem
A fuel station in Accra in flames
A fuel station in Accra in flames

Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has charged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resist pressures from some businesses to approve illegally sited fuel stations in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new board of the EPA in Accra, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng said in light of the numerous disasters caused by wrongly sited fuel stations that have claimed tens of lives, the institutions responsible for issuing licenses (EPA), should pay extra attention to ensuring that the stations are situated at the appropriate locations.

 “Sometimes they say it is because of political influence [but that he thinks] the EPA and [National Petroleum Authority] NPA and the rest should not be pressurized by influential people in the society to site fuel stations or any other stations at the wrong place. I expect that they resist pressure from doing the wrong things”. he added

Over the last one year, there have been at least six explosions at fuel stations (believed to have been wrongly sited) across the country, resulting in the loss of several lives.