Group registers 30,000 retailers to enhance safe distribution of cooking gas

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers (LPGAR)

 THE Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers (LPGAR), a branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), says it has registered over 30,000 members to enhance safety in selling and distribution of cooking gas in the country.

Mr Michael Umudu, National Chairman, LPGAR, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

Umudu noted that safety was a priority for stakeholders in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector in order to curb incidents of gas explosion across Nigeria.

He said: “In terms of membership, we have over 30,000 members nationwide currently.

“Many of our members have done preliminary works to comply with the new licencing procedure specified by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).”

Umudu said while some retailers had already obtained licences to operate from the NMDPRA, others were still facing challenges in meeting with the requirements.

“Before, the procedure did not mandate us to register with a registered business name. It did not require us to have tax clearance or fire safety certificate.

“These are the standard requirements of the NMDPRA. So the major issue is that different states have different tax policies which is creating challenges for our members.

“We are trying to bridge the gap to see how we can assist our members by reaching out to the states on the tax issue,” he said.

Umudu said the association would also continue to sensitise members on the need to adhere to the prerequisite safety standards in their operations.

He said the indiscriminate setting up of cooking skids, especially in unsafe locations, was responsible for the increase in gas explosion incidents, which had claimed lives and destroyed property worth billions of naira in recent times. (NAN) 

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