The Association of LPG marketing Companies of Ghana has described the gas explosion that occurred at GHUMCO in the Effia Industrial Area as a big setback to their operations. According to the association what happened is regrettable as several persons were affected.
“We have invested so much in this industry so any disaster that occurs is a big setback to us. So it’s a big blow to us. But the problem has occurred, what we need to do is to find solutions”.
Chairman of the association Gabriel Kumi was speaking to Skyy news after he led the association to present a cash of forty thousand Ghana cedis (GHC40, 000) to the Western Region Coordinating Council. The amount is to be used to cater for the victims of the gas explosion.
Mr. Kumi explained that it is not in the nature of any member of the association to set out to cause harm to anyone. He stated that the cost of the tanker that exploded and its content run into several hundreds of cedis and questions, “which business entity will be that negligent to just let it go to waste”.
“We are very much concerned with safety. Look at what happened, a whole truck, and that truck costs over six hundred to seven hundred thousand cedis. It’s gone just like that. Look at how his [operator] work is going to be disrupted. So we are certainly not happy”.
Nonetheless, Mr. Kumi assured that they have to take a second look at their operations.
“We always continuously try to improve on the way we do things. If you look at the LPG industry, we’ve been around for over twenty years and if you look at how things were done ten years ago there is vast and marked improvement as we speak now. But you know accidents will always happen. As much as we try very hard to minimize it. Nonetheless, we will not rest on our oars”.
The Deputy Western Region Minister Eugenia Gifty Kusi who received the money on behalf of the region assured it will be used for its intended purpose.