The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed thousands of substandard Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinders and Roofing Sheets valued at N450 million.
According to a statement by SON, “a breakdown of the products imported from China and Turkey, included 4×40 containers of LPG cylinders of various sizes, 15 rolls of aluminum roofing sheets, and 15 bundles of fake corrugated roofing sheets.
“The destruction was done at the SON Warehouse, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos. The products were seized mostly in warehouses across Lagos State.
“The products were seized due to non-compliance to standards, failing of SON’s laboratory test and not having SONCAP certificates, which means that they are fake, not approved by SON for importation into Nigeria and not fit for use.
“Destruction of the products is the only option available to SON. If the products were allowed to get into the market, they would constitute serious danger to the lives of Nigerians.
“After the destruction of the products, they would be sold to recycling firms and the proceeds remitted to the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“What should be looked out for when buying are the country of origin of the cylinder, address of the manufacturer and the date of manufacture. Those are the most important features of a genuine cylinder. Anyone that does not have them is fake.
“The lifespan of an LPG cylinder is 15 years. The period the cylinder lasted before you bought it inclusive.”