The residents of Bremang UGC in the Suame municipality of the Ashanti Region hit the streets on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 to demonstrate against the siting of a fuel station in the vicinity.
At a massive demonstration against the Suame Municipal Assembly and the Environmental Protection Agency , the Bremang UGC Landlords Association said the site for the construction is not fit for that purpose.
The angry residents told otecnews’ reporter Iassc Nsiah Foster that,the station has been sited very close to their homes and, therefore, want it to be moved away in accordance with the regulation of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) which prescribes that there be, at least, a 100-metre buffer between residential facilities and fuel stations.
The angry residents wore red bands and held placards with inscriptions such as: “June 3rd incident must not happen Mr President”, “Our lives are in danger”, “Save us from this life-threatening course”, “The rich must not always win”, “There must be rule of law in this country”, among others.
They cited risks of fuel explosion and fire outbreaks from the fuel station, which is being built on a plot of land sandwiched between two residential buildings and opposite a hotel.
The said development, according to the landlords is being constructed by GOIL Ltd; there was however nobody on site to speak with the media at the time of the demonstration.
Some of the demonstrators who spoke with the media threatened to vote against the government in 2020 if the developer is allowed to complete the project.
They recalled instances of gas explosions and fuel station fire outbreaks at Asokwa and Krofrom in which many people were either killed or seriously injured.
They, therefore, pleaded with President Nana Akufo-Addo and Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to intervene to stop the life-threatening project.