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Group advises DPR on illegal gas marketers


LAGOS – The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) on Tuesday urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to rid the sector of illegal cooking gas marketers.
The Public Relations Officer, NALPGAM, Mrs Olufunke Eleyinmi, gave the advice in Lagos during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Eleyinmi also urged the agency to sanction marketers who failed to comply with relevant laws on operational safety.
She advised the regulatory agency to embark on facility audit of licensed plants nationwide to ensure compliance with statutory provisions on operational safety.
The NALPGAM spokesperson said that many people contravened the safety laws by storing and selling LPG without valid licences.
She said that DPR should ensure that gas retail outlets were licensed.
“Plant operators must be conversant with all safety needs of LPG plant operations,’’ she said.
Eleyinmi, however, cautioned DPR against approving the citing of gas plants in a volatile and un conducive arena.
She said that the warning became necessary against the backdrop of recent gas explosion in the premises of Babson Gas Nigeria Limited, Akure.
The incident left eight persons critically injured and destroyed 42 houses and shops worth millions of Naira.
She said that both the federal and state governments should monitor various gas facilities nationwide, to identify the unlicensed ones.
“NALPGAM has disassociated itself from the owner of the illegal facility in Akure.
“The owner of the facility is not a member of NALPGAM and has no licence to operate.
“We need to know who approved the siting of the skid gas facility in that area.
“Who gave the licence and when was it given? DPR is the government agency responsible for giving out such licences. It could not have issued licence to that facility.
“We use this opportunity to condole with the government and people of Ondo State,” she said. (NAN)

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