Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on the National Association of Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGM), to ensure enforcement of rules guiding the handling of the Liquified Petroleum Gas, for those who are in the business.
Just as he advised them to ensure compliance of all the laid down procedures as stipulated by the Department of Petroleum Resources, in order to avert loss of lives and property.
Governor Abiodun who made this call, while receiving the executive members of the Association (Western Zone), in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, described the product as highly inflammable, saying any mistake on the part of operators could be disastrous, as recently witnessed in some parts of the country.
“This is a highly flammable petroleum product and it is extremely important that we ensure a very tight regulation. We must ensure that safety measures are put in place, because we’ve seen incidences across the length and breadth of the country, where in some instances the product were adulterated or the people are not so educated in handling and adhering to safety measures”, he said
The Governor, urged the operators in the industry to come up with a plan that would help increase the usage of the product, said they should work out modalities at reducing the price, to make it more affordable for increased patronage, by a certain section of the people that does not prefer the product due to its cost.
“One of the tasks I am going to give you is to come up with a roadmap, to migrate our people and navigate by moving them away from using kerosine and firewood and embrace the use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG). Also, I want you to consider the possibility of providing our people with cookers with attached cylinders and look at the issues surrounding the high cost of gas cylinders and non-uniformity of valves’’, he said.
Abiodun, promised the operators that his administration would address the issues of increased rates and multiplicity of taxes, as well as protect establishments capable of creating employment.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Adebayo Ogunrinde said the purpose of the visit was to look at ways of collaborating with government on how to improve the standard of lives of the people on clean and safe energy mix, job creation and training of LPG operators, for safe and effective service delivery.
He said the visit would afford them to register their concern about the emergence of new LPG plants that pay little or no attention to safety.
Adebayo while urging government to discourage the indiscriminate deployment of LPG facilities in unsafe locations, said it was in total disregard of regulatory guidelines, calling on the Governor to use his office to persuade the Federal Government, to fully domesticate the supply of Liquified Petroleum Gas in the country, to have it in abundance for public use.
Press Officer, Governor Office