Gas Explosion: Cabinet meeting needless – Ayariga
A former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, thinks it is not important for Cabinet to discuss the recent gas explosion at Atomic Junction when there are institutions mandated to address the issue at hand.
Government announced that Cabinet will deliberate over the accident, and the necessary mitigating measures adopted today, Thursday, October 12.
However, Mr Ayariga, who was a guest on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show told Moro Awudu that the meeting is not important, but rather, the necessary institutions must work.
“Why should Cabinet meet over one filling station exploding when of course, the district police officer can deal with the criminal dimensions of the conduct? The environmental officers there can deal with it, and there is a Minister for Energy and Minister for Environment who can deal with the issue,” he stated.
For him, unless the meeting is going to encompass other matters such as enforcement of laws, it will be needless for Cabinet to sit over the matter.
“I hope that if the Cabinet meets, it will not be only about that gas explosion but the President takes advantage of this incident and look at wider issues of law enforcement,” he added.
Financial and political analyst, Joe Jackson, who was part of the panel agreed with Mr Ayariga as he emphasised that what is needed is enforcement of laws to protect lives and property, and such an action does not need Cabinet meetings or approval.
“Enforce the rules; we don’t need Cabinet meeting to enforce rules. To be honest with you, why are we going for Cabinet?
“It is different if you tell me that EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is not doing the right thing or NPA (National Petroleum Authority) did not do the right thing, then you need Cabinet to come and give new direction to these people,” he said.