Nigerian bodies have recently begun to encourage the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also referred to as cooking gas, to cook. This has led to an increase in illegal LPG retailers in the industry. Thus, increasing concerns about safe practices.
The General Secretary of the Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers (NALPGAM), Essien Bassey, said the association remains worried about the safety concerns associated with the recent rise in unauthorized gas retailers, stating that it poses great dangers that can scare people away from using the product if an incident occurs.
He continued that the LPG market is a safety conscious industry because of the hazards associated with the product in question; hence, safety is pertinent to the operations, noting also that most people in the value chain are not doing things the right way.
According to Guardian, Mr. Bassey explained; “they arrange cylinders under the hot sun which is not proper and safe and that is why at a normal gas plant, the gas vessels are painted white and protected from the exposure of the sun because it has an average temperature of exposure”.
Going further, he revealed that some of these operators he noted are shop boys or attendants who know little to nothing about gas operations, saying, “and once some people get one retail license to operate, they open other branches under that license and put people there, and it is not right.” The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) urged retailers to acquire licenses before January 2017 or risk being clamped down by the department as part of measures to enforce the law regulating LPG business.