Tuesday, November 27, 2018

DPR: Home Delivery Of Cooking Gas Is Illegal

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that delivery of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), otherwise known as Cooking Gas, to consumers in their homes, is illegal as it defies environment and safety rules

The agency said such acts were susceptible to explosion, as people who undertake such ventures cannot guarantee the presence of accident triggers like fire and intense heat, among others.

The Operations Controller, Ibadan Office, DPR, Yemi Olaonipekun, said this at the seminar of the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) Ibadan Chapter.
Speaking on the theme: “Promoting a Sustainable Environment for Best Practices in LPG Marketing, Olaonipekun said the DPR was worried about the rapid increase in the number of LPG plants, as in most cases, safety and standards were being compromised. 

Representative of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria also hinted that the agency might come after plant operators who undertake cylinder-to-cylinder transfer of LPG. They also condemned the importation of gas products into the country, saying: “It is a thing of shame that Nigeria, a huge producer of gas, still ranks very low in LPG usage" arguing that such amounted to waste of resources that ought to have been used to fix the country’s infrastructure deficit.

He said: “The theme of the seminar as apt and most appropriate as it is our responsibility to ensure that the awareness on the usage of gas is brought to every Nigerian while the federal, state and local governments provide the enabling environment for the business.”

On the matter of importation of LPG into Nigeria, the Chief Operating Officer, ALPGAM Investments Plc, Mr. Gbenga Falusi, said there was no moral or legal justification for the importation of the product into the country.
Industry is becoming so dynamic; interest along the value chain of LPG is diverse and we have to leverage on them. "There is no moral or legal justification that LPG should be imported into Nigeria. We should engage the government to formulate policies that will lead to the end of LPG importation into the country,” Falusi stressed.

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