The Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON recently seized a 40 feet container stocked with substandard LPG cylinders worth over N38 million.
This was disclosed by the Director-General, SON Osita Aboloma who explained that the cylinders failed to meet the safety requirement and as such posed a threat to human lives and property in the country.
He noted that it was dangerous to use cylinders of higher capacities like 12.5kg and above as camping gas where burners are fitted on top of the cylinders adding that there was a great need to adhere strictly to standards when dealing in LPG gas cylinders.
According to the SON boss represented by the Director, Compliance, SON, Engr. Obiora Manafa, cylinders above 6.25 kg capacities like 12.5 kg shall be fitted with 27mm valves (fitted with safety relief device) and piped to a burner via a hose and a regulator.
He said only 3 kg, 5 kg and 6.25 kg cylinders are used for camping gas and fitted with camping valves, stressing that any cylinder above 6.25 kg used for camping shall be seized and destroyed.
In the meantime, he lamented the many avoidable LPG cylinder explosions across the country which had led to wanton loss of lives and properties admonishing those dealing in 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.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that efforts had 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.
This Day reported that Aboloma mentioned that the organization was working with relevant sister agencies to achieve five million metric tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial LPG utilisation soon. Also, he called for both global and foreign investments into the sector to reduce importation of LPG cylinders to the barest minimum.
He added that investment in setting up LPG manufacturing plants would not only reduce dependence on imports but also create job opportunities for the nation’s teeming unemployed youths.