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SON seizes substandard LPG cylinders

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has seized a 40 feet container stocked with substandard LPG cylinders worth over N38 million.

Director-general, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that these cylinders failed to meet the safety requirement and as such, poses a threat to human lives and property in the country.

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He stated the need to adhere strictly to standards when dealing in LPG gas cylinders cannot be over flogged.

The director-general warned that it was highly dangerous to use cylinders of higher capacities like 12.5 kg and above as camping gas where burners are fitted on top of the 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.

“Having a cooking pot on top of cylinder as high as 12.5 kg stands the risk of tilting over. It is also highly dangerous to subject the high volume of LPG in a high volume capacity cylinder to heat from the cooker that is directly sitting on top of the cylinder.

“He said only 3 kg, 5 kg and 6.25 kg cylinders were 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.

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

He 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 (NIS), given the potential danger that the substandard cylinders can pose to lives and properties.

He however disclosed that efforts had been intensified to subject LPG cylinders to laboratory tests and analysis to confirm their conformity, stressing that if these cylinders failed critical safety parameters on construction, performance and markings they would be seized and destroyed.

Meanwhile, SON charged local and foreign investors to invest in LPG cylinder plants in the country.

Indeed, the agency said this is coming on the heels of the recent commissioning of a LPG manufacturing plant in Lagos

He said SON was working with relevant sister agencies to achieve five million metric tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial LPG utilisation soon.

Aboloma said SON was in the business to ensure that goods and services produced in the country met global best standards, while also calling for both local and foreign investments into the sector to bring down 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.

He added efforts of SON’s enforcement and certification programmes had seen an increase in the usage of LPG gas cylinders, saying consumers are now sure of the quality of LPG cylinders in the nation.

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