Aftermath of GOIL fire Environment Minister goes wild over illegal fuel station

Mahama Ayariga says fines and penalties will be imposed on people who violate the EPA's directive.

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Mahama Ayariga on tour at some fuel stations in Accra play

Mahama Ayariga on tour at some fuel stations in Accra

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Owners of fuel stations who use their premises to engage in other business activities deemed dangerous have been asked to cease such operations.

The Ministry for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation on Monday issued the directive after the sector Minister, Mahama Ayariga, and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured a number of fuel stations in Accra.

According to Mr. Ayariga, activities such as preparing food for restaurants attached to the stations were dangerous.

All stations that engaged in such activities were therefore issued with cessation orders on Monday morning during the Minister’s tour.

Mr. Ayariga explained his tour was to assess compliance with laid down environmental standards following last Wednesday’s fire at the Goil fuel station at Nkrumah Circle that killed over 100 people.

Mahama Ayariga said a task force will lead a major campaign to clamp down on all illegal stations within the 3600-operating ecosystem.

A station being constructed without a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Baatsona Road has been asked to cease operations.

Fines and penalties are to be imposed on violators to cover the cost of the exercise.

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