The federal government disclosed that over 90 percent of Nigerians are using expired cylinders, which are over 30 years old.
This was stated by the program manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan, Office of the Vice-President, Dayo Adeshina at the just concluded 7th Annual LPG conference and exhibition, held in Lagos.
He added that gas cylinders outlive their safety after 15 years.
“Things need to change in the industry. Today, everybody wants a cylinder but in most developed countries where LPG plays an active role, marketers are rightly the sellers of cylinders.
“This is because from when it is manufactured, it passes through proliferation after five years, with Standard of Organisation, SON, running its test and certification. All of these processes take 10years. After 15 years, the cylinders should be withdrawn from the market.
“But today how many of us can attest to the manufacturing date of the cylinders we have in our homes? There are cylinders that have been with us for 30 years and have not been tested or certified. Our investigation has shown that over 90 percent of Nigerians are using expired cylinders.”
Suggesting the way forward to attract Nigerians from the use of ‘firewood and kerosene’, he called for a massive awareness campaign, saying “The mindset of Nigerians has to be changed to the reason LPG should be preferred,” he said.