…As DPR set to introduce new safety guideline
By Ediri Ejoh & Prince Okafor
Fresh Indications has emerged that the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, NLPGA, and the Department of Petroleum Resources, has partnered with the Lagos State Government to ensure that negative practices are stamped out.
This is even as the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has concluded plans to engage stakeholders in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas [LPG] sector as it works towards introducing new guidelines for operators in the sector.
In a chat with Vanguard, the President of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, NLPGA, Mr. Nuhu Yakubu, said: “We believe that the Director General, DPR, Mordecai Ladan and the Lagos state Government will be acting in the best interest of the public and we will be cooperating with the Lagos state government and the DG to do the best things in the industry to ensure that negative practices are stamped out as we are for the best standards and practices in the industry.”
So whatever government needs to do to regulate and stamp out irregularities in the industry, we are very much for it.
“I can assure you that NLPGA is working very hard with the government and the government is listening and to that extent, government has already started taking action.
“We’ve noticed that in the last one year, the price of LPG is going down and we want to continue to work with the government to ensure that it’s a continuous trend so that the affordability is continually improved upon, that’s the best we can say in the circumstance.
“Yes, there are structural issues in the price which we are battling so that the comparative affordability of LPG will become a thing of the past, we are working on it and we are already seeing the impact.”
Meanwhile, the Zonal Controller, DPR, Lagos, Oluwole Akinyosoye, who disclosed at the occasion of NIPCO Safety week that: “Today, we are talking to NIPCO, and will engage other players in the industry. We have also engaged NNPC as well, to ensure that we don’t just load the products, but the trucks are fit for purpose
‘’If you load trucks that is not fit for purpose ,and there is an explosion in your facility ,God forbids , on the way to the plants ,or at the plants ,it will be on record that the truck loaded from your company ,that is why we are looking at the LPG guidelines once again.”
Akinyosoye, hinted that “correspondence will soon go to all operators on how to be up to speed with regards to loading and ancillary issues. You know better than us because you do it every day and we may be theoretical in ways, we do things, but we relate to all sectors of the industry, and we know where the shoes are pinching.’’
He explained that: “NIPCO has exhibited exemplary behaviour in the area of safety and their operations generally. I have not received any negative report on the company, and am saying that with all sense of responsibility “