FG begins clampdown on illegal gas plants, roadside LPG retailers – Official

The federal government has begun clampdown on illegal gas plants and roadside retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly known as cooking gas, an official said.

DPR’s Operations Controller, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr Bassey Nkanga, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday on the sideline of the department’s ongoing surveillance on gas plants in Port Harcourt.

NAN reports that government had in May stopped customers’ ownership of cylinders as well as barred the refilling of gas cylinders by the roadsides and other unauthorized places.

The policy, the government said, would require that the ownership of LPG cylinders rest solely with the dealers and distributors.

Nkanga said, the department had held several meetings with operators of gas plants and LPG retailers to introduce them to standard minimum requirements acceptable in the industry.

“The new model by government; decanting (transferring from one gas cylinder to another) is not allowed, trans-filling is also not allowed.

“That is why we are encouraging, enlightening, and engaging them (retailers) to adopt the new methodologies, whereby, somebody would have to drop (empty cylinder) and pick another one with gas.

“The era of decanting, transcanting and transferring from one cylinder to the other is no longer going to be allowed

“So, we have been talking to them (retailers) and they even formed a union to register for the Category D licence. A lot of them have turned up, and so many are yet to turn up,” he said.

Nkanga further said that government was also clamping down on operators of illegal gas plants; those operating without valid licence and others operating within residential areas.

He said most of the outlets lacked basic and standard minimum requirements like fire extinguishers and detectors, water sprinkler, temperature gauge, pressure and volume, among others.

The department, he said, had brought in competent personnel to oversee its gas division and ensure that operators function within stipulated guidelines and regulations.

“We also had several meetings with various stakeholders in the gas sector. We told them those operating without licence will not be allowed to operate again.

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