Abiodun OBA |
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is collaborating with the NSCDC to enforce compliance with the closure of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants, over non-compliance and illegal operations.
Mr Abel Igheghe, Head, Gas, DPR, Lagos Zonal Office said the cooperation became necessary as the agency itself had no power to arrest or prosecute defaulters.
He stated this in Lagos on Wednesday when his agency sealed off four Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants, over non-compliance and illegal operations in Lagos.
Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), which collaborated with the DPR in the exercise, also arrested three employees of the sealed LPG — also known as cooking gas — plants.
The gas stations sealed off are Geogas Gas Filling Plant, Oduduwa Road, Oworonsoki and Classic Gas, MKO Abiola Market, Agege, Lagos.
Also shut down by the petroleum regulatory agency were Al-Moruf Gas Plant and Vertex Gas, both located in the Agege axis of the state.
Igheghe, said over 54 gas plants had been sealed off in 2019 for not complying with international standards.
According to him, the LPG plants were sealed for being illegal and operating within densely populated residential areas, schools and market places.
“These gas plants were sealed by DPR for not meeting international safety standard in their operations.
“Some of them, like the one inside MKO Abiola Market, pose a great threat to lives and property of people nearby.
“You cannot be refilling gas in this kind of location because fire can be ignited from any source due to its proximity to a busy road and other businesses”, Igheghe maintained.
All the sealed facilities were said not to meet the minimum 15 meters required for such operations described as a critical safety requirement.
He said that the sealed stations were also operating without approval or license from the DPR, and the agency would continue to clamp down on such illegal plants.
“We have served them notices to dismantle these structures and we will continue to carry out surveillance to ensure that they are removed,’’ he said.
He advised Nigerians to assist the agency by reporting such illegal facilities operating within their areas to avert tragedies caused by gas explosions.
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