By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Director General/ Chief Executive Officer of Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Odumodu has called on Nigerians to have zero tolerance for substandard products being imported into the country.
Odumodu said this in Ibadan during a sensitization forum on Liquefied Petroleum Gas Plants Operators and Retailers with the theme: “Implementation of Standard Organisation Of Nigeria Policy on Zero Tolerance on Used LPG Cylinders and Storage Tanks” which was held at the Penthorise Building, Ibadan.
In his words “You will recall that many lives and property of huge economic worth have been lost over the years. We have indeed suffered from issues arising from gas explosion due to the use of bad cylinders, substandard tanks. The time has come to put our acts right and end terrible nightmare.”
While contributing, the regional coordinator who was represented by Engr. Dele Ayeni said the organisation would not fold her arms and see things turning upside down while some people who posed themselves as friends short-changed the laws and endanger lives and property of fellow compatriots through the importation, distributions, sales and retailing of substandard products.
He said in winning the battle, SON must function as watchdog and ensure diligent monitoring, compliance and implementation of the dictates of the standard.
“We will not relent in seizure and lock ups of shops and warehouses which will also attract penalty to defaulters,” he added.
He concluded that SON would not relent in the fight to sustain the effort at improving lives through quality assurance and standardization.
Earlier in her speech, the Head of state’s office, Mrs Omolara Okunlola said it became imperative in furtherance of the organisation to strive to develop the small and medium enterprises and most importantly because of the sensitivity of the subsector to humanity.
The resource person, Engr. Obiora Manafa, who is the HOD, Meteorology and Instrumentation of SON, Lekki Operation Office, concluded that effective management of LPG cylinders is the responsibility of all stakeholders and no government agency can do it alone.
He called on stakeholders to work with SON and DPR in ensuring strict compliance with all relevant standards for the safety of Nigerians.
He then concluded his address by saying, plant owners and retailers have great roles to play in ensuring safety of lives and property in the sector by insisting in filling only cylinders that meets the requirements of the relevant standards.