Ghana and the African continent is run based on a reactionary Government to put it mildly, we wait for misfortune to hit then we react and go back to sleep until the next misfortune hits so we can get up and make ourselves useful.
With the recent explosion at Appiatse in the Western Region, it has been noted that safety measures in the various sectors of the country have been lax with the bodies responsible for the regulation of these measures paying less attention as operators in their various jurisdictions keep flaunting rules and regulations and endangering lives and properties.
17 people have been confirmed dead by Government in the Appiatse explosion in the Western Region with over 59 others sustaining varying degrees of injuries in the explosion.
According to preliminary reports on the explosion from a government statement indicates that the cause of the explosion was as a result of a head-on coalition between a truck carrying explosives for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle close to an electricity transformer.
Security consultant, Richard Kumadoe speaking on the incident noted that punitive and safety regimes around the transporting of dynamites and other explosives have been relaxed with some not even enforced anymore.
Shedding light on some of these measures, he stated, “according to the regulatory regimes you need to insure the transportation of explosives to carter for unforeseen misfortunes. We also have to educate the people around and in these mining communities. Thirdly we have to be circumspect in the sense that the mode of transporting these hazardous materials are safe. Are these hazardous materials being escorted by a motorcade? What time are they being transported and what is the nature of the car the materials are being transported in? Have you received authorization from the EPA and National Security? These are some of the things you need to do as part of transporting such materials. The question now is were these standards adhered to?” he said in an interview with Sefah-Danquah on Happy98.9FM’s Epa Hoa Daben political talk show.