The Federal Government has recently commenced a clampdown on illegal roadside dealers of cooking gas, originally known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG in Lagos and Abuja .
The government had in May , said it has commenced a policy to remove ownership of Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders from consumers , while dealers would be barred from refilling gas cylinders by the roadside and other unauthorized places .
The policy , the government said, would require that the ownership of the cylinders rests solely with the dealers and distributors .
Officers of the Department of Petroleum Resources , DPR , in conjunction with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps , NSCDC, flagged off the enforcement in Abuja and environs , with the operations aimed at curbing the illegal activities of LPG retailers and skid operators, and five illegal operators were arrested .
Visiting Galadimawa, Lokogoma axis and other suburbs within the city , where the team clamped down on illegal operators found dispensing gas in very dangerous circumstances without the necessary safety precautions .
Head of Gas of the DPR , Engr . Umar Gwandu said most of the illegal outlets lacked basic and standard minimum requirements like fire extinguishers and detectors , water sprinkler , temperature gauge, pressure and volume gauge among others.
Speaking at one of the illegal outlets in Galadimawa, Gwandu said, “ This place can easily explode if there is any spark . Even with a very tiny leakage , once there is a spark , this place is gone . We have come here several times as you can see from our seal. These people are not ready to comply . If there is any spark here this place can go up in flames in seconds. ”