ACCRA, The government will soon institute an extensive policy guideline to avert and mitigate the effects of disasters in Ghana, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In his announcement, which comes on the heels of Saturday’s gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Legon in Accra, killing at least seven persons with as many as 130 others injured, the President says: It is time these incidents came to a stop in Ghana. We cannot continue with them.

President Akufo-Addo was speaking when he joined the congregants of the Tishigu Anglican Church in Tamale, the capital of Northern Region (Province), about 600 kilometres north of here, for Sunday prayers, on the third day of his tour of Northern Region.

Saturday evening’s incident, the third such occurrence in the country this year, lit the skyline in the eastern parts of Accra, destroying property and vehicles in and around the Mansco Gas Filling Point at Atomic Junction, adjacent a Total service station, sending motorists, pedestrians, hawkers, food vendors and residents fleeing for their lives.

The gas explosion is one too many. Ghana cannot afford anymore of such incidents. We are going to have to come out with a clear policy on how to prevent such incidents in the future, the president said.

Cabinet will be meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017 and, I believe, out of that meeting, the country will know what our programme is, the comprehensive programme we intend to have to bring such incidents to a stop.”

President Akufo-Addo has asked Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawaumia to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the explosion and has called on industry players to recognize that we all have to make adjustments to be able to guarantee the safety and security of our people, so these things do not happen again.