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SEL filling station near UPSA is safe - Standards Authority

By Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum

The Ghana Standards Authority has declared the Sel filling station sited behind the University of Professional Studies, UPSA, safe to continue operations.

A safety audit review by the Authority says the company had put in maximum effort to ensure safety in the construction of the station and satisfactory measures to ensure operational safety exist.

Student of UPSA embarked on a demonstration to demand the closure of the station a month ago, due to its proximity to the school. This occurred in the aftermath of the gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra which killed seven and injured over two hundred others.

The agitated students gave government four weeks to meet their demands or face further demonstrations. This prompted the Ghana Standards Authority to initiate a safety audit into the operations of the Sel filling station.

The report sighted by PrimeNewsGhana has given the all clear for the station to operate, allaying fears that it posed  danger to the safety of students of the UPSA. The report however continued that existing operational safety measures needed to be managed properly.

"There is no safety threat with regards to the company's operations the areas of improvement however need to be addressed for effective operation and systems management." the report concluded.

Chamber for Petroleum Consumers Ghana, COPEC, has welcomed the report. In an interview on an Accra based radio station, Executive Secretary Duncan Amoah said he believed in the authenticity of the audit by the Ghana Standards Authority.

He however urged authorities, including the National Petroleum Authority, NPA, to ensure that the station continues to maintain high safety standards to prevent an explosion such as the Atomic Junction tragedy.