The Swedru Mandela Market Queens have appeal to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to assist in the removal of the Lucky Gas Filling Station to ensure the safety of the women at the market.
According to the Market Queens and members, the Lucky Gas Station was close to the Market which made it a disaster-prone area if immediate action was not taken to relocate it.
Madam Florence Yamoah, a member of the Swedru Mandela market Queens who spoke to the press said the all the market women protested against the sitting of the gas station close to the market, but to no avail.
She alleged that the then, Agona District Assembly, now Agona West Municipal Assembly engineers, planning officers and other top officials approved the establishment of the gas station to the detriment of the women’s protest.
She said that the refusal to heed the women’s protest against the issuance of the permit or approval to formerly Shelyco Gas station, now Lucky Gas company was a great source of worrying.
Madam Yamoah said the immediate intervention by the office of President Nana Akufo-Addo would save the Mandela Market from the imminent danger.
She said the reason to appeal to President Nana Akufo-Addo was that some women cooked food at the market and there were also mechanics who use welding machines which could spark off fires at any time.
She said after the Atomic Junction gas explosion in Accra, it was important that caution was taken in the citing of gas station.
Madam Efuah Ahema, a cassava seller, appealed to the national monitoring team charged by President Nana Akufo-Addo to visit Agona Swedru Mandela Market Gas Filling station as early as possible to assess the situation.
Madam Esi Akyere, Pineapple seller, said it was sad that innocent Ghanaians have lost their lives as a result of gas explosion due to the negligent of the officials of District Assemblies, Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), National Petroleum Authority(NPA)
, Ghana National Fire Service and others.
She appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo who was the father of the nation not to hesitate to intervene since the Agona West Municipal Assembly was not ready to intervene.