Importers and dealers in substandard liquefied petroleum gas cylinders have been warned to desist from the circulation and sale of the products in the interest of the safety of Nigerians and the Nation’s economy.

This warning was given in Katsina recently by the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Aboloma during the destruction of 749 substandard LPG cylinders mopped up from Kaduna and Kano States.

Represented by the Regional Coordinator, North West, Mr. Dauda Yakubu, the SON DG stated that the withdrawal of the cylinders from circulation was in line with the SON Act No. 14 of 2015 which gives the organization the powers to seize suspected substandard products for a period of 90 days in the first instance, for quality verification without recourse to judicial intervention.

He disclosed that the Cylinders have been subjected to Laboratory tests and analysis to confirm the conformity, stressing that they failed critical safety parameters on construction, performance and marking. “Many have expired, while some supposedly new ones were badly welded, thus posing great danger to lives and properties as potential time bombs, waiting to explode”.

The Director General lamented many avoidable LPG cylinder explosions across the country which had led to wanton loss of lives and properties.

On why the substandard cylinders were brought to Katsina for destruction, Mr. Yakubu disclosed that there was mutual agreement with the owners of the Dana Steel Rolling mill facilities to assist in that respect and recycle them for other uses to avoid environmental pollution.

The Regional Coordinator then admonished those dealing in the LPG Gas Cylinder and accessories to endeavor to abide strictly by the safety requirements in the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards, given the potential danger that the substandard cylinders can pose to lives and properties.

He stated that SON chose to give the dealers from whom the substandard cylinders were evacuated a benefit of doubt, warning that they will be made to face the full weight of the law if found to continue in the unpatriotic act.

Mr. Yakubu then extended SON’s appreciation to the Dana Steel management for making their facility available for the destruction exercise and called on other stakeholders to collaborate with the agency in the bid to improve lives through standards and quality assurance.

The destruction exercise was witnessed by the SON State Coordinators from Katsina, Kano and Kaduna along with representatives of security agencies, the management team of Dana Steel Rolling Mill and representatives of the media.

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