By Gilbert Ekugbe
“We just would invoke the provisions of the SON Act No. 14 of 2015 on any operator found to have circumvented the mandatory requirement of certifying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage vessels.”
Osita Aboloma, Director -General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) read the riot act to operators in the LPG sector of the economy during an enforcement exercise in Lekki area of Lagos.
He ,explained that the value of human lives are unquantifiable and urged the operators in the LPG sector to voluntarily subscribe to SON certification of their vessels in the overall interest of the nation’s economy and the safety of lives and property.
Represented by the Director, Inspectorate and Compliance, Engr. Bede Obayi , he said: ‘‘We are here at southern view Estate, Lekki Phase 2 on a monitoring exercise as part of our responsibility to ensure the safety of Nigerians. We saw on the internet that the company here in Lekki phase 2 goes around the neighbourhood to fill gas cylinders wherever you are. We were very shock to see this kind of development, because whatever these people are doing we should have been part of it and this is why we decided to come quickly before there is public outcry about the activities of a company that has not been certified by the SON. These are the two vans they are using presently and these vans, the equipment used for dispensing gas are taped and you cannot tape any vessel that has gas is passing through. Any vessel that is storing gas can never be taped, because gas is like air and once there is a leakage elsewhere in the tape you are using, then that means the environment is not safe.”