90% of gas cylinders in Nigeria are expired – Official
The Programme Manager, National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Implementation (Office of the Vice-President, Dayo Adeshina, has said about 90 per cent of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas/cooking gas in Nigeria are obsolete and need immediate replacement to avoid dangers of explosion.
Adesina said this at the just concluded 7th Annual LPG conference and exhibition held in Lagos.
He noted that obsolete gas cylinders has become a major issue in the LPG sub-sector of the nation’s gas industry, adding all efforts to do something on it has failed.
According to him, the stakeholders have been campaigning for the ban on the use of old gas cylinders, with a view to make the Federal Government revive the moribund gas cylinders in the country.
He said the use of old cylinders is disturbing, adding that it has a negative consequence on the society, adding that it has put many families in dangers.
Obsolete cylinders, he said, has raised an alarm over the non-testing and proliferation of expired gas cylinders in circulation across the country, saying cylinders outlive their safety after 15 years.
He said; “We need to invest in cylinders and proudly one of the investors would have its cylinder operating plant opened in January. We also need to have cylinder re-proliferation plants.”
He however, also faulted the regulation in the sector, saying “We need to take care of the regulatory and fiscal policy. Enforcement needs to play a big role. There is going to be a shakeup of regulation because the government has seen that if we ever have a repeat of the incident we had in Nnewi, it is dead on arrival.”