The UPSA filling station protest is therefore directed at compelling the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Petroleum Commission and other government stakeholders to put an end to the project.
A filling station is being constructed near the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) in Accra, and the students of the institution are not finding it funny. The students have staged a demonstration protesting the location of the filing station which is considered hazardous.
The students were seen holding placards with different messages like; “UPSA in danger”, “No Circle Part 2”, “Think about our lives”, “Humanity first”, and so on. The filling station is being constructed beside the University as the institution is situated between the Christ Embassy Church and the construction site.
This simply means that the two structures are in close proximity. According to the protesters, the school authorities have made no efforts to prevent any disaster from occurring. One of them whom spoke to the media during the demonstration said the student body are embarking on the demonstration to express their concerns on the possible risks of allowing such structure constructed near their school.
Basically, students of the university fear experiencing a repeat of the different fire disasters which have rocked the country in the past. This can be seen on one of the placards which read; “No Circle Part 2”. This obviously is referring to the June 3, 2015 fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle which left an indelible scar on the heart of Ghanaians, having claimed over a hundred lives.
Incidents like this took place as a result of the negligence or disregard by stakeholders to weigh the possible risks involved. The UPSA filling station protest is therefore directed at compelling the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Petroleum Commission and other government stakeholders to put an end to the project.