FG to unveil new policy on cooking gas next week

cooking gas04 April 2014, Abuja – The Federal Government is to introduce new policy on the usage of cooking gas in the country .

Mr Joseph Odumodu, the Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), made this known to newsmen in an interactive session in Lagos on Thursday.

According to him, the new policy, which is expected to come into effect as from June this year, will remove problems being encountered by Nigerians in the use of cooking gas.

“It will also boost the consumption of the product as future fuel by Nigerians,’’ he said.

He said the council of SON would unveil the details of the new policy in Abuja next week.

According to him, under the new system, individuals will no longer own cylinders, rather they will be owned by the firms licensed by the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR.

He said the new law was designed to hold firms responsible any time there was challenge encountered by the end users of the product.

He explained that the new policy, apart from banning individuals from owning cylinders, would also affect all the vital chains in the distribution of cooking gas.

According to him, only the licensed dealers would be allowed to market and distribute the volatile product.

“The unveiling of the act will determine its application by Nigerians. We have gone through the technical committee on the use on the best type of gas in the country.

“On April 8, the National Council of SON will approve the policy and it will be made public, ‘’ he said .

Speaking on the influx of substandard cylinders in the country, he said that SON was not at the seaports.

He said that SON depended on information given to it by patriotic Nigerians who noticed any time such contraband were imported.

Odumodu said that the policy, when operational, would revive shut down cylinder firms to creat more jobs in the country.

He said that under the new policy, consumers would be allowed to enjoy flexibility in switching from one supplier to another without hitches.

He said that obsolete cylinders were expected to be removed from the system within a period of six months.


– The Punch

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