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Lagos govt sets safety standards for retail gas operators

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The Lagos State Government has set safety standards for retail gas operators in the state.

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, in his keynote address at a one-day training programme organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday in Lagos, said the move became necessary because “life is irreplaceable.”

He noted that the programme was organized to find a solution to incessant gas explosions and fire incidences that often lead to the loss of lives and property in the state.

He said: “Cars, appliances and utilities can be replaced but our lives are irreplaceable.”

Mojola called on gas retailers to avoid dealing in adulterated gases. He also advised against mishandling of gas cylinders and setting up of gas retail outlets close to sources of ignition.

“Explosions may occur when gases are adulterated, cylinders mishandled or when industrial and cooking gases are used close to sources of ignition.

“Other causes are proliferation of gas retail outlets as well as improper training of operators and users on safe handling of gas,” he added.

He maintained that once an explosion occurs in an outlet, the moral and financial reputation of such an organisation is eroded.

He urged the participants to learn, unlearn, relearn, and cascade knowledge impacted colleagues and their organisations.

The DG further appealed to all operators to cooperate fully with government operatives when they arrive at their facility for checks.

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