LAGOS GOVERNMENT SETS SAFETY STANDARDS FOR GAS CYLINDER HANDLING .
Uploaded by Michael George on June 16, 2021
In response to incessant gas explosions and fires in the State, the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola has convened a meeting of regulators and stakeholders in the sector to deliberate on possible solutions.
Stakeholders at the meeting included members of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers( MALPGAM) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers ( LPGAR).
At the close of the meeting held in Alausa, Ikeja, the Lagos State Safety Commission in conjunction with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced that the State government had commenced training and sensitization of all marketers and distributors of LPG, industrial and medical gases in the State.
Mr Mojola who listed causes of gas explosion to include; adulteration, mishandling of cylinder, usage of industrial and cooking gases close to sources of ignition as well as proliferation of gas retail outlets and improper training of operators on safe handling of gas, explained that a safety
audit of all gas distribution outfits would be conducted.
The DG stated that the safety audit exercise, would identify all hazards and unsafe practices that give rise to risks and incidents in the sector and appealed to all operators to cooperate fully with Government officials when they arrive their facility.
Lending his voice to the discourse, the Director, Oil and Gas operations in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Sesan Odukoya emphasized the need to streamline regulatory activities of all relevant MDAs of the State to avoid problems related to uncoordinated actions and multiplicity of inspections.
He suggested that to curb the ugly incidents in the sector; The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources should be recognized as the One- Stop- Shop agency for coordination, while both the
Ministry and the Safety Commission should be contacted by the public for enforcement of safety standards and the acquisition of LPG plant removal equipment amongst other things