- SON Moves to Sanitise Gas Sector, Raises Committee
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has set up a high powered ad-hoc committee made up of top officials of the body and other experts in the oil and gas sector to sanitise operations in the nation’s liquefied petroleum gas industry.
The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, said in a statement that the objective was to address the challenges as a result of substandard petroleum products in the country.
SON also took delivery of modern testing equipment to tackle the incidence of gas explosions in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The agency said it was concerned about the incessant explosions, destruction of livesý and property caused by substandard LPG products, hence it acquired three state-of-the-art pressure testing equipment to reduce the trend.
According to Aboloma, the three testing facilities, located in Abuja, Enugu and Lagos, would help in knowing the strength of materials and capacities of the LPG vessels, cylinders and allied products across the country.
He said the agency had also reduced the cost of testing and certification of the LPG plants and outlets by 50 per cent to cushion the effect of the harsh financial environment currently being faced by operators in the industry.
ý”We are also using this medium to encourage them to abide by standards and quality assurance. This is our gift to them and, in return, we expect that people would get value for their hard-earned money spent to make our environment safer for the use of the LPG products,” he stated.
The statement quoted the Director, National Metrology Institute, SON, Obiora Manafa, as saying that the committee would work relentlessly to sanitise the sector.
The Deputy President, Nigeria LPG Association, Nuhu Yakubu, was quoted as saying that the committee would continue to support and harness the existing partnership with SON.
The National Treasurer, Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers, Ogunrinde Adebayo, maintained that the committee was committed to the cause of protecting lives and property of Nigerians as well as investments.