Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has initiated a fresh move to rid the market of substandard and fake cylinder of liquefied petroleum products (LPG).
The agency as part of the campaign, has destroyed over 749 substandard liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders in Katsina, the Katsina State capital.
The regional coordinator of the agency for northwest zone, Mr. Dauda Yakubu said that the cylinders had been subjected to laboratory tests to confirm their conformity, stressing that they failed critical safety parameters.
According to him, many have expired, while some supposedly new ones were badly welded, thus posing great danger to lives and property.
He said that the cylinders were brought to Katsina for destruction, due to a mutual agreement with the owners of the Dana Steel rolling mill facilities to assist and recycle them for other uses to avoid environmental pollution.
Describing the illicit trade in the product as life-threatening, he said the withdrawal of the cylinders from circulation during mop up in Kaduna and Kano states, was in line with the SON Act no. 14 of 2015.
The Act, according to him gives the organisation the powers to seize suspected substandard products for 90 days for quality verification without recourse to judicial intervention.