Ghana continues to suffer the brunt of the ghastly gas explosion which claimed the lives of several victims and caused minor and sever injuries to passers-by who got hit by the flames.
With just days after the explosion, government has not just committed to paying the health bills of all victims seeking medical attention at the various hospitals in Accra but also come up with strict regulations aimed at preventing such bloody incidents from occurring in the future.
YEN.com.gh has been following this heart-breaking situation and has come up with the 5 main lessons that we learnt from this disaster.
1. Actions speak louder than words
There is no denying the fact that the siting of filling stations at residential areas continue to pose grave threats to the country. Government in and out have always gave out promises to streamline the sector but what we now gather from the recent explosion is that nothing indeed has been done to tackle this situation.
2. Blood will always spill over poor decisions
Whenever we make bad decision, one thing we must know for sure is that the loss of lives would always be the ultimate cost. We saw that with the June 3rd twin disaster and even the La gas explosion which also claimed tens of lives.
3. The law just does not work in some parts of the country
Let’s face it. The laws in Ghana just do not work! With just days after the Atomic Junction explosion top government institutions like the National Petroleum Authority, Town and Country Planning, Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) among others have been asked to face the rigors of the law.
4. Blame game always remains the game of the day
Did you remember the issue of the khebab seller who got blamed for the gas explosion? One would have thought that management of the filling station would take full responsibility but that was far from that!
5. Political interference in the siting of fuel stations
The major issue confronting the sanity of laws in Ghana is nothing but just the menace of political interference. As we speak, there remain various claims that most of these fuel stations are owned by politicians hence the challenge to making the laws work.
Vice president Mahamudu Bawumia has paid a crucial visit to all victims of the tragedy as he has pledged of government's resolve to fully tackle the issues about the establishment of gas and filling stations at residential areas.
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