The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, has stated that due to the growing number of burnt gas and filling stations across the country, his outfit has been compelled to demolish or close down service outlets that do not have permit to operate.

In this regard, he said a National Task Force has been put in place to examine the siting of unauthorized gas and filling stations across the country.

Service outlets, he argued, would either be closed down or demolished to minimize the situation.
“Demolishing is absolutely unavoidable if we are going to enforce the regulation or law regarding the siting of buildings. It is unavoidable and we will definitely see demolition”, he told journalists Thursday when he inspected the GOIL Filling State that has been razed down by fire during yesterday’s torrential rainfall.

Over a hundred lives are reported to have passed on in the inferno that razed down the facility close to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB).

He said the Ministry together with its agencies have agreed for the entire arrangement to kick off across the country next week.

“What is left with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to come up with penalties that will be imposed – spot fines and penalties for people violating the Environmental Permitting Regulation”, he explained.

According to the former Youth and Sports Minister, the Ministry would also engage the Town and Country Planning “to go round and do the right thing in terms of siting the building” to compliment the work of the National Task Force.

By: Stephen Odoi-Larbi/