SON moves to prevent fire outbreak
By Babatunde Olorunleke
The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has vowed to embark on comprehensive surveillance of all Liquefied Gas Storage vessels, skid stations and pressure storage vessels to prevent fire outbreak that usually occur due to non-challant attitude of marketers.
The Director General/Chief Executive of the agency, Mr. Osita Aboloma made this known at a workshop on General sensitization on (LPG) tanks and vessels held in Akure Ondo State capital.
Aboloma who was represented by the Regional Coordinator, South/West, Mrs Tosha Akin Akosile said SON still records occasional cases of loss of human lives through LPG related accidents.
He said the cause of some of these accidents are inadequate knowledge about handling of the products, doubt surrounding the quality of the vessels and sharp practices being recorded in the sector.
He noted that the workshop was designed to awake all stakeholders consciousness on the crucial role certification of LPG vessels and equipment plays in public safety.
Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Funsho Esan, in his goodwill message said the state government has vowed to implement all policies and recommendations put in place by SON to curb accidental fire incidents and Gas explosion in and around the state.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr. Tayo Adeniyi charged stakeholders to develop measures to assuage fire outbreaks in the state.
In a goodwill message, the Chairman, LPG retailers, Mr. Bosun Adebowale charged government to implement measures put in place by SON on illegal gas sellers.
He also called on gas plant owners to train and retrain their staff on how best to handle fire extinguishers and safety measures.
Also, Secretary of Petroleum Installer and Maintenance, Alhaji Suleiman Bello urged the certification authority to ensure compliance with recommended standard before giving approval for installation of gas plant to further help in addressing the challenges being faced.