Contaminated Fuel Fire Kills 2 At Ashiaman

 

…MP urges NPA to enforce laws

A fire sparked by suspected contaminated fuel has killed two persons and left two others in critical condition in the Ashiaman municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

The four persons, who belong to one family and live in a wooden structure, sustained serious burns when fire gutted the wooden structure.

The sad part is that the victim has been keeping the product in the same room where he sleeps with his mother and other siblings.

Hon Ernest Henry Norgbey, Member of Parliament for th Ashaiman Constituency told The Republic last Friday that, an Okada rider bought a gallon of the suspected contaminated fuel, but soon after, the wooden structure caught fire.

In all, he said, four persons including, a five-year old girl, were affected by the fire and taken to the Emergency Unit at the Tema General Hospital, but two of them, including the mother of the table top fuel seller, commonly known as “Belebele,” died in the blazing fire.

According to the MP, the two others, including the young girl, are receiving treatment at the Tema General Hospital, as police begin investigations.

Hon. Norgbey said the fire was brought swiftly under control, but the four victims found in the wooden structure where the fuel was being sold were burnt, leading the death of two.

He said despite the fact that there is high unemployment rate in the country, he has cautioned residents, especially the youth, to stop trading in illegal petroleum products at home as it endangers their lives and those of others.

“I cautioned most of them about the risk involved; apart from it been illegal to be trading in such petrol products, but they paid no heed to it and here we are losing two people,” he lamented.

He renewed the call on the youth to desist from the illegal trade in such products for police would soon raid them and they would be found wanting on the law where he could not make intervention for their aid.

Fuel siphoning is a growing problem for the country, especially in cosmopolitan areas, and the police have engaged in rough operations against the business as some insider-dealing by authority is allegedly involved.

The recent scandal where 5million contaminated fuel released by Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company Limited to public through a source contract to Movenpiina remained a great risk, as most of the products are said to be sold to table-top business, like those in Ashiaman.

The Ashiaman MP called on the regulatory bodies to step up their work to clamp down the illegal operators, as their activities remained inimical to the general society.

“I will also use this opportunity to call on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the laws on these activities to save life and the environment,” the MP said.

While calling on the regulatory bodies, Hon Norgbey urged the government to horribly fulfil its promises of one district one factory to reduce the unemployment rate to stem negative activities among the youth.

He however expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family for the lives lost, stating that, “it is God who gives and it is Him who takes,” reminding that “we will all go to the dead but may be not in the same way.”

The incident, he said, may soon be ridden of by the police to ensure the illegal sale fuel on tables is stopped.

 

 

Soruce: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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