Lagos tankers: Navgas sets Jan. 1 deadline on safety valve compliance
TO combat cases of tanker explosions in the state, Navgas Oil and Gas Company has set January 1, 2016, deadline for all loading tanker entering its premises to comply with the safety shutoff valve regulations.
The safety regulation, introduced by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), enjoins all tankers to have emergency shutoff valve to prevent content spillage and explosion in critical moments.
Launching the “Driving Safety Forward” initiative in Lagos, Navgas Chairman, Renato Awani, said that the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector has come a long way and it was high time protection of lives and property became a priority.
Managing Director, Navgas, Ian Brown, said the firm had not recorded any incident because it takes safety of lives and property seriously.
Brown said there was need for trucks to have functional shutoff valves, adding that by January 1, next year, trucks without it would not be allowed to load at Navgas’ terminal.
Brown said every stakeholder has a responsibility to ensure safety and that Navgas would assist those that need help.
President, National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), Dayo Adesina, lauded Navgas for promoting the safety initiative, urging truck drivers to start preparing their vehicles to comply with the safety regulations.
Representative of Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) president, Sunday Ogunrinade, noted that about 80 per cent of vehicles do not have functional valves.