…Cautions against violation of safety  law

By David Odama

FOLLOWING the increasing cases of gas explosion in some parts of the country, the Nigerian Midstream  and Downstream Regulatory Authority  (NMDRA),  Nasarawa State, has shut three gas plants  for violating the regulatory law in the state.

The authority has equally warned  operators to desist from flaunting safety measures to avoid cases of explosion in the state.

Controller of  NMDRA  in  Nasarawa, Ahmed Gwaram, who  gave  the warning   in Lafia, said, safety in the  Petroleum Gas subsector  was becoming a source of  concern to  Nigerians and other stakeholders in the industry.

According to Gwaram,  although the state was yet to experience any case of  gas explosion in the state in recent time, the authority has however, evolved  safety measures  through the  deployment of surveillance  teams  across urban and rural  centres in the state.

“Nasarawa office has shut three gas plants that were illegally constructed in Lafia, Keffi and Karu local government areas.  Public enlightenment will be intensified in the coming weeks with messages deployed in local languages in the ongoing drive to avert accidents.

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