The National Disaster Management Organisation has organised a stakeholders meeting to assess disaster preparedness of fuel stations and tanker yards in Accra.
In his welcome address, Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, Director General of NADMO, said an assessment exercise to be undertaken by NADMO and its collaborating agencies isvery critical following the recent incidents of fire emergencies at several fuel stations around the country.
According to him, the recent explosions and fire emergencies at Takoradi, Ashaiman, La and the dreadful June 3 twin disaster were more than a wake-up call for our institutions to act appropriately and timely to forestall similar occurrences.
Head of Research Unit, NADMO, Mr. Kafui Agbleze in an overview noted that there was the need to have an Emergency Response Plans for fuel stations and tanker yards across the nation. He stressed that safety requirements of their establishments would be monitored and adhered to in order to save lives and property.
Participants were drawn from various stakeholder agencies such as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Town and Country Planning, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as representatives from Oil Marketing Associations to evaluate the disaster preparedness of filling stations and ensure that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of regulators are adhered to.
The Deputy Director General, Technical, Mr. Seji Saji in his closing remarks assured participants that NADMO was committed to this worthy initiative as it would go a long way to save lives and property.