President Mahama has described last night’s inferno at the GOIL Filling Station ‘catastrophic’.
The filling Station, close to the main Nkrumah Circle branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank was completely razed down by fire in a havoc that lasted several hours.
A joint team of security personnel from the Fire Service, NADMO, and military, tried for hours to access the location but to no avail as the road leading to the location was flooded.
The fire, which started some few minutes past 10pm Wednesday evening, spread to nearby structures.
President Mahama, who visited the scene early this morning, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their relatives through the inferno.
He asked for measures to be taken to avoid more of such occurrences in future.
“We have to take some measures to avoid this occurrence in future….This loss of lives is catastrophic, almost unprecedented…And we must sit to strategize so that this doesn’t happen again…We must not act like the vulture.”
“…we’ve created human an intervention between the source of the rivers and the sea where they are headed.
“A lot of people have lost their lives. I am at a loss for words to express how I feel, many of them through the floods and then many of them through the fire incident that took place here as the result of the explosion that took place in the filling station located right here.
“We have to take some measures to be able to avoid this in the future, and often when these moves are started, you have a lot of sympathy and pressure not to take those measures but I think that the time has come for us to move out of the waterways and the public should understand that.”
The explosion has killed over 100 people and injured several others.