Central Region gets Disaster Management Taskforce

The Central Regional Minister, Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, has inaugurated a 10-member Regional Disaster Management Taskforce with a call on members to discharge their duties diligently to prevent disaster in the area.

He said the formation of the taskforce was paramount following the twin disaster that occurred in Accra on June 3, where 152 people, officially, lost their lives,

He, therefore, urged the members to bring to bear their expertise in the execution of their assignments.

The taskforce, chaired by the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mr Kwesi Owusu –Sekyere, have other members from the 64 Infantry Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Water Company, Electricity Company of Ghana, Town and Country Planning, Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, Forestry Commission and the Regional Coordinating Council.

It is among others mandated to inspect all filling stations operating in the Region to access their operational safety in conformity with laid down regulations, as well as recommend for closure any filling station, which is not operating in conformity with the safety standards outlined by National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and other agencies.

The Taskforce is also mandated to recommend for the stoppage any service or entertainment activity at the filling stations, which the taskforce found potentially dangerous to people.

It is also to identify tree species along streets and roads whose proximity to such routes posed danger to road users.

In view of the impending dualisation of the Accra-Takoradi and Yamoransa-Assin Fosu-Kumasi highways, the taskforce is also mandated to identify permanent structures within radius approved for the dualisation of the highways and recommend for demolition.

It is also to assess the extent and impact of sand winning along the beaches and recommend strategies to overcome it.

Present at the inaugural ceremony was Dr Bernice Hello Adeku, Member of Parliament for Hohoe, and Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, and Innovation.

She urged the members to attach all seriousness to their duties and endeavour to come up with plans that would help prevent disaster in the region. GNA

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