Daily Archives: October 7, 2017

Explosions at Natural Gas Station Rock Ghana’s Capital

Explosions at a natural gas station in Accra rocked the Ghanaian capital on Saturday, causing a massive fire that forced residents to flee, officials said.

There was no word on casualties, although the Reuters news agency cited Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as saying some people had been killed and “quite a number also injured.” He did not have specific casualty numbers.

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Anaglate told the French news agency AFP that the explosions occurred when a tanker was delivering natural gas to a station.

“It’s too early for us to know the cause of the fire. We will investigate,” Anaglate told AFP.

The explosions, which happened about 7:30 p.m. local time (1930 UTC), launched a huge fireball into the sky. They could also be heard across the city, witnesses said.

Source: Voice of America


Parliament’s Presiding Officers have learnt with shock and deep sadness the news of the tragic death of Member of the National Assembly and member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mrs Tarnia Baker.

Mrs Baker passed away in a motor vehicle accident in KwaZulu-Natal while busy with her parliamentary oversight responsibilities.

Mrs Baker was a dedicated MP who worked hard in service of the people of South Africa. She served in the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation as well as the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements with passion, energy and wisdom.

Mrs Baker’s untimely passing leaves a deep void within the structures of Parliament and robs South Africa of one of its most dedicated public representatives.

The Presiding Officers extend their condolences to Mrs Baker’s family, friends and her political family in the DA.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa