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Tokunbo gas cylinders smuggled into Nigeria, says SON

Ololade Omosan-Agie

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has said used Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders are smuggled into Nigeria, contrary to the requirements set by the agency.

SON said it classified LPG cylinder as a life-endangering product, adding that all LPG cylinders must conform to the applicable standard.

The agency’s Director-General, Mr Farouk Salim, said the agency would continue to work with the regulators in the oil and gas industry to address the challenges in the LPG subsector.

“When standards are compromised blatantly, it destroys our ability to have functioning industries in the country,” he said at a workshop organised for energy journalists in Lagos on Thursday.

The Head of LPG, SON, Mr Williams Okpeh, in his presentation at the event, said used cylinders should not be imported into the country.

Okpeh, who was represented by a principal standards engineer, Mr Ayiti Akinwale, said, “LPG cylinders must be identified with manufacturer’s or importer’s name/logo. Imported LPG cylinders must have SON registration number for traceability. Locally produced LPG cylinders must have MANCAP number for traceability.

“All LPG cylinders must be re-qualified every five years. Expiry dates of cylinders shall be engraved or embossed on all cylinders (15 years’ life span).”

According to him, all cylinders must have a statement of requalification on them.
He said, “Most cylinders in circulation are either old (expired) or substandard. LPG cylinders in circulation are not re-qualified. LPG cylinders in circulation are not refurbished. Most LPG storage tanks installed are not certified.

“Most storage tanks imported into the country are old. Used LPG cylinders are smuggled into the country. Some LPG cylinders in circulation were fabricated locally without requisite quality control checks.”
Okpeh also highlighted the lack of adherence to safety procedures in terms of distribution, storage and use, as well as the unavailability of cylinder test stations in the country.

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