Osita Aboloma, Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has promised he will shut down uncertified Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facilities without standardsation and certification.
The Director-General gave the warning in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday.
Aboloma said that the organisation had given a two-week ultimatum to all owners of LPG storage tanks nationwide to commence the process of Standards Organisation of Nigeria certification or have the tanks dismantled.
The statement said that Standards Organisation of Nigeria was worried by the sharp rise in the installation of LPG storage tanks in petrol filling stations across the country.
He said that many of the LPG operators could not provide evidence of SON certification of the vessels.
He, therefore, directed all Standards Organisation of Nigeria officers to intensity the surveillance of all installed LPG storage tanks in their areas of coverage to ascertain those that had undergone Standards Organisation of Nigeria certification before installation as required by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) regulation.
Aboloma disclosed that all imported and locally fabricated LPG storage tanks were required to undergo SON certification to ensure conformity to the requirements of Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS).
He said that the specification and testing of pressure vessels for the storage of LPG included safety and performance requirements.
According to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria boss, locally manufactured vessels are required to undergo certification under the SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), while imported vessels are required to undergo the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) certification.
The SON boss appealed to the public to be vigilant and report any installation of LPG storage tanks in their vicinity to the nearest SON office for verification of compliance to standards requirement in the interest of public safety.
He warned that Nigerians should not suffer from gas explosion due to the use of sub-standard storage tanks.
“The time has come to put our acts together and end the nightmare. We are committed to the full implementation of the policy against the use of substandard storage tanks,” he said.