Accra, June 6, GNA -
The Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with its stakeholders will
step up surveillance and compliance enforcement to ensure safety at all fuel
and Gas petroleum filling stations throughout the country.
This, they would do, by strictly adhering to certification protocols, regular training programmes for pump Attendants, drivers and other auxiliary workers of the stations.
Mr John Alexis Pwamang, Acting Executive Director of the Agency announced this in a day’s sensitisation workshop for Chief Executive Officers of Oil Marketing Companies and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Companies in Accra.
The workshop, which attracted about 60 participants made-up of Chief Executive Officers, Ghana National Fire Service among other stakeholders was on the theme: “Environmental Safety and International best practice.”
To facilitate their surveillance and safety programmes, Mr Pwamang said the Agency had acquired a number of Analysers that would speed up their activities at the pumps.
He said they had also decentralised some of their documentations to the Regional Offices to ease accreditation and certification of companies outside the capital and called on them to carry out their duties diligently to ensure perpetual safety at the pumps.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer said an Inter-sectoral committee was also in place to provide the necessary advice and directives to ensure maximum safety and called for support from all stakeholders.
Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, President of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies hinted that the workshop would further enhance their security and safety measures they had adopted in previous years against any emergencies.
Mr Agyemang-Duah, gave the assurance that systems would be put in place to ensure that the incidents recorded in the past became the last ones as more members would be enlightened to carry out the best practices.
Mr Ebenezer Appiah-Sampong, Deputy Executive Director, in charge of the Technical Division of the EPA gave the assurance that they would continue to educate them with competency training programmes to ensure a win-win situation for all stakeholders.