Oil & Gas Ministry Storms Asaba Streets – Warns Against LPG Businesses In Residential Areas

By Oreva Omojefe

Delta State Government has warned Liquified Petroleum Gas retailers (LPG) against operating in shops situated in residential areas, while enumerating the hazards.

The Honourable Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode led a sensitization tour round the state capital where the message was passed across to residents.

The road show which took off from Prof. Choke Edozien Workers Secretariat, culminated in a sensitization program dedicated to the operators themselves, which was held at Benizia Hotel, Asap titled: “Safety Tips On Handling of LPG”.

Oyibode who actively led the day-long exercise, said the Ministry’s Monitoring and Compliance Department is set commence this year’s monitoring activities and those found culpable would face the law, while reminding the operators that the ministry would not tolerate unwholesome practices.

Oyibode pointedly said that “the state government is continuously ensuring industry best practices because the MORE Agenda also entails creating and maintaining a conducive environment for oil and gas businesses to thrive”.

The Oil and Gas Commissioner urged both LPG retailers and consumers to adhere to the safety measures to avoid gas explosion in the state, some of the tips stated in his speech included; avoiding shaking of cylinder with content, check hose regularly to detect cracks, installation of fire extinguisher in shops and homes etc.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Frank Omoko charged LPG retailers to adhere strictly to the safety and other regulatory requirements in their business for safety.

Omoko said past sensitizations helped to reduce cases of fire incidence in LPG retailing outlet in the state, adding that yesterday’s exercise was to raise the stake of safety practices in the state.

Delta State Fire Service Command Headquarter Asaba, Chief Fire Superintendent Isaac Sunday warned LPG retailers against exposing cylinder with content to heat, stating that the content in the tankers should be properly locked to avoid explosion.
Sunday advised operators to avoid direct contact with any source of emission, naked lights and direct sunlight with cylinders with content in their shops.

The Chairman Okpanam Gas Union, Gabriel Elue commended the state government effort for the program to ensure the safety of Deltans.

Elue assured the state government that the union would complied with the various safety tips for the safety of lives and property in the state in the cause of running their LPG businesses.

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