THERE has been alarm on the increasing rate of expired gas cylinders used in various homes in Nigeria.

About 90 per cent of the cylinder used for cooking gas are expired, Mr. Dayo Adeshina, the Programme Manager of the  National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan (Office of the Vice President) revealed.

The shocking revelation was made during the 7th Annual LPG conference and exhibition in Lagos, adding that most gas cylinders hav out-lived their lifespan of 15 years. Adeshina noted that most gas cylinders in Nigeria are being used for more than 30 years, which is dangerous.

“Things need to change in the industry. Today, everybody wants a cylinder but in most developed countries where LPG plays 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 After 15 years, the cylinders should be withdrawn from the market.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 for 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 massive awareness campaign, saying “The mindset of Nigerians has to be changed to reason why LPG should be preferred”.

In the country of 194 million people, use of gas for cooking only made 5 per cent to the homes of Nigerians, with 60 per cent using firewood, 30 per cent subscribes for kerosene and the last 5 per cent uses coal.

How to identify expired gas cylinder

For your safety, careful attention must be done to check if your gas cylinder has not expired. To do that, users are to ensure that they make use of original LPG cylinders and check the expiry date. Yes, gas cylinder do have expiry date.

To check LPG cylinder expiry date, simply look at one of the three stems of the cylinder to see the code, in alpha-numeric (that is letter and numbers).

It starts with A, B, C or D followed by a two digit number. e.g. B 13

The alphabets stands for end of each quarters of the year: A for March (First Quater); B for June (Second Quater); C for Sept (Third Quater); D for December (Fourth Quater).

The digits stand for the year till it is valid. Hence B-13 would mean June quarter of 2013, meaning the gas cylinder expired on 2013 June

Federal Govt’s Investment

Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigerian has express dire need to invest to procure more cylinder plants, which according to Mr. Adeshina, the country lacks.

“We need to invest in cylinders and proudly one of the investors would have its cylinder operating plants opened in January. We also need to have cylinder re-proliferation plants.”

The Nigerian LNG Limited has also revealed its readiness to flood the market with LPG and to continue to support the growth by supplying 350,000 metric tonnes per annum of cooking gas otherwise known as Domestic LPG (DLPG) to the country, to ensure reliable and affordable supply.

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