By Sebastine Obasi
The importation of substandard gas cylinders into the country is deterring genuine investors in the business, the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, NLPGA has said.
Mr Dayo Adeshina, the President of the Association, said that the trend was also discouraging the use of cooking gas at homes.
According to him, the LPG market was dominated by those who were cutting corners in order to remain in business.
The NLPGA president also said that the imported cylinders could not stand the test of time, especially in our society with poor maintenance culture.
“In the recent years, tens of thousands of LPG cylinders have been imported into the country and some of the cylinders were certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON.
“Some cylinders were also smuggled into the country by desperate businessmen with little or no recourse to standard requirements,” he said.
He alleged that substandard cylinders like the 12.5kg size, were selling between N1,000 and N2,000, but less than the certified size.
“Unfortunately, the unsuspecting buyers often prefer the substandard cylinders in order to save money,” he said, and reiterated the need to check the trend.
In this regard, he explained that the association needed the cooperation of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON and other stakeholders, such as the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers to curb the menace.
Adeshina blamed present situation on the lack of coordinated efforts of the stakeholders.
“The effectiveness and successes of the Indonesian model of making cylinders affordable to the end-users have been acknowledged by stakeholders in the Nigeria’s LPG industry. Our West African sister country, Ghana, has experimented a similar model and successes were narrated,” he said.