In the wake of recent efforts by Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to mop up substandard life endangering Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders through enforcement activities, a meeting of the Joint Working Committee on LPG Matters has been convened to re-assess the impact of recent activities and come up with a strategy to complete the onslaught of reducing the incidence of these dangerous products in the country.

Speaking at a meeting held recently at SON’s Operational Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos,  the Director General Chief Executive, SON Osita Aboloma Esq. represented by Ms. Ihuoma Olujie the State Coordinator Lagos 1 office and the Head LPG Group SON, disclosed that efforts have been intensified to subject LPG Cylinders to Laboratory tests and analysis to confirm their conformity, stressing that if these cylinders fail critical safety parameters on construction, performance and markings they will be seized and destroyed.

According to the representative of the DG, from on-field findings, “a lot of cylinders have been discovered to have expired and some supposedly new ones were found to be badly welded, thus posing great danger to lives and properties as potential time bombs waiting to explode”.

The DG further revealed that a lot of LPG cylinders in the country are either older than the recommended life span of 15 years as stipulated by the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS 69:2013) or are of low quality and unsafe to use, revealing that LPG is highly flammable and the use of rusty and dilapidated cylinders could potentially cause explosions thereby resulting to loss of lives and properties.

He however lauded the Joint Working Committee on LPG Matters for coming up with a roadmap to reduce and eventually eliminate economic and human losses across the nation caused by LPG related accidents through its strategic plan on the systematic withdrawal and scrapping of old and sub-standard LPG cylinders and the re- qualification of out-dated (older than 5 years) cylinders.

Responding at the meeting, Mr Yakubu Nuhu, Managing Director, Banner Energy Ltd. standing in as the chairman, stated that the committee will continue to take the task at hand seriously by addressing the need for the development of a business model for the control of equipment’s, provision of media materials for awareness and sensitization on safe practices in LPG cylinders fabrication, promotion of safety in filling plants and the eradication of decanting activities.

It will be recalled that the joint Working Committee on LPG Matters was inaugurated November last year by the Director General SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma to amongst other terms of reference, reduce the incidence of LPG cylinder explosion in the country through conformance to standards and innovative safety practices in the industry.

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