The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) has raised concern over the growing number of Liquefied Petroleum Gas skids being installed at petrol stations across the country.
Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor, President, NALPGAM, condemned the indiscriminate citing of plant in station at the association’s Governing Council Meeting held in Lagos.
Ogieva-Okunbor who called on the Federal Government to urgently address the indiscriminate deployment of LPGs, otherwise known as cooking gas, to filling stations and retail outlets without addressing the risks involved.
He urged all relevant government agencies particularly the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to curb the menace, while urging those marketers involved in such act to adhere strictly to DPR’s directives.
The president said that the agency (DPR) has announced the immediate dismantling of all the illegal skids, cited in stations across the nation.
He said that both LPG and fuel were highly inflammable which needed to be on separate entities, adding that LPG cylinders were potentially and highly hazardous.
He said that the association’s resolution expressed worry over the increasing number of filling stations engaged in the selling of gas within the stations, not minding the hazardous implications.
Ogieva-Okunbor said that the proliferation of fuel and gas-filling stations across the country had raised safety concerns, considering the less than satisfactory compliance with minimum environmental safety requirements for the operations of those facilities.
He said that there is nowhere in the DPR guidelines and regulations that stipulated operating gas plant within fuel stations.
According to him, some filling station owners are in the habit of installing ad-on gas machine later in their fuel stations, but which was not in the original building plans at the on-set.
The NALPGAM president said, “Most stations have neglected the rules and regulation, they are now locating gas plant in most stations across that states. Today, we see some have cited plants close to eateries’ kitchen within their stations and this is dangerous while they are discharging gas and selling fuel. We, the association, cannot open our eyes and watch for something drastic to happen before we raise alarm.”
Ogieva-Okunbor, however, called on both the Federal and State Governments to live up to their responsibilities by checkmating the fuel stations.