FOLLOWING the gas explosion in Nasarawa State on Monday, September 10, the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, NLPGA, has called for enforcement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas standards and code of practice within the industry across the country.
Nuhu Yakubu, president, NLPGA, said without this, the proliferation of substandard and undocumented gas facilities and infrastructure would remain a recurrent issue, which ultimately undermines the efforts of law abiding industry practitioners. The association said its governing council and members were saddened by the explosion, adding, “Our sincere condolences go to the affected families who lost their loved ones and we commiserate with those who were directly and indirectly affected by this unfortunate incident.”
According to the statement, the LPG, popularly known as cooking gas, is a valuable resource that serves Nigerians well, and has helped two million new homes switch to a cleaner gaseous fuel; achieve a reduction in deforestation; reduce gas flaring through the recovery of the LPG; and reduce respiratory and health-related sicknesses among women and children.
“This recent occurrence reiterates the need to address the three overarching industry safety objectives, namely: safe handling and best practices in the LPG; prevention of loss of containment (gas leaks), and successful disaster management.”
In recent times. NLPGA has collaborated with the regulatory agencies such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the Department of Petroleum Resources to draft and develop processes and procedures “to ensure that best practices are upheld within the industry to ensure the safety of lives and property.”
– Sept. 14, 2018 @ 9:15 GMT |