LPG: Government to Clampdown on Illegal Retailers

By Eunice Emeyazia

The State Government will soon begin a clampdown on retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG, also known as cooking gas operating in shops situated in residential buildings across the state.
Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Olorogun.

Vincent Oyibode said this during a one day Sensitization workshop-On safety for operators of Domestic Gas Retail outlets in Della State

Declaring open the workshop which held immediately after a sensitization rally, Olorogun Oyibode said the state Government through its MORE agenda, was working to create and maintain a conducive environment for Oil and Gas and other businesses to thrive.

He said the Ministry was working to see more LPG producing companies birthed in Delta State, and urged those already producing to continue, adding that the Ministry would commence the year’s routine monitoring activities to ensure LPG retailers adhered strictly to safely guidelines and other Procedures in their operation, even as he encouraged them to pay the stipulated levies to government, as and when due.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Frank Omoko said between January last year when the last workshop held and the present time, there had been no record of fire incidents resulting from LPG retailing business in the state, noting that it was an indication that the ministry workforce was not resting on its oars, even as he urged them to sustain the feat.

Mr. Omoko thanked the State Government for approving the workshop, and the Commissioner for bringing this wealth of experience to bear on the affairs of the ministry

Some cooking gas retailers in their remarks commended the Ministry for the sensitization programme, and appealed to the government to reduce the price of gas in Delta State, given the amount of gas the state produced.

The chief Fire Superintendent of the Delta State fire Service Command headquarters Asaba, in a lecture on “Safety the Hallmark of LPG retailing in Delta State” gave safety measures to include, avoid shaking cylinders with content, avoid overfilling of Cylinders, and avoid Patronizing quacks during installation of equipment, avoid making or receiving phone calls around LPG facilities.

The workshop featured a documentary on LPG safety and presentation of certificates to participants.

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