Fake Gas cylinders hit market, users risk ‘bomb-like’ explosions

The Continued influx of fake and sub-standard Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders into Nigeria has set off worry by stakeholders over the possibility of users experiencing bomb-like’ explosions in their kitchens.

This comes on the heels of reports that N38m worth of cooking gas cylinders have been impounded by the Nigerian Customs Service in the latest clampdown on importers of fake cylinders.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday, a former National Coordinator of the Women in LPG group, Mrs. Nkechi Obi, expressed worry about the consequences of rampant cylinder explosions in Nigerian users’ kitchens.

She warned that such explosions would be unavoidable as long as fake and sub-standard cylinders continue to be imported into the country.

According to her, unrestricted importation of fake cylinders is a real and present danger because “it is like bringing explosives into homes, which can be deadly.

“More so, importing cylinders is harmful to the Nigerian economy and goes contrary to the quest by the nation to become self-reliant, because cylinders are now manufactured locally.

“Using fake cylinders also poses severe danger to our womenfolk, who face daily risk of death or injury in the event of explosion of fake cylinders in their kitchens.’’

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