By Gilbert Ekugbe
“Many of these LPG cylinders 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.”
These were words of Mr. DaudaYakubu, the Regional Coordinator, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) North West, when he supervised the delivery of 749 substandard LPG cylinders to Dana Steel Rolling Mills, for recycling in Katsina State.
Speaking on behalf of the Director – General of the agency, OsitaAboloma, he said that the there was a mutual agreement with the owners of the Dana Steel Rolling Mill to assist in that respect and recycle them for other uses to avoid environmental pollution.
According to him, withdrawal of the cylinders from circulation in Kaduna and Kano States was in line with the SON Act No. 14 of 2015 which gives the organisation 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.
“The cylinders have been subjected to laboratory tests and analysis to confirm the conformity, but they failed critical safety parameters on construction, performance and marking,” he said, adding that the illicit trading of substandard LPG cylinders poses great danger to lives and property in Nigeria.