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Customs FOU ‘A’ hands over container of substandard LPG Cylinders to SON

Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’
Ikeja  has released a 40-feet container
of suspected substandard Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to the
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for further necessary action.

This was in
keeping with the existing partnership and collaboration between the two
government agencies.
Handing over
the container of cylinders,  the
Comptroller FOU Zone A, Mr. Uba Mohammed stated that it was not the first time
NCS was releasing such suspicious containers to SON that fall under its purview
for further investigations.
according to him, was in line with government’s policy of inter-agency
collaboration in the ease of doing business and protecting the interest of
Nigerian consumers.
He stated
that the suspicious container violated customs procedure through false
declaration and trying to shortchange the Federal Government, following which
SON indicated interest in the contents.
the container on behalf of the Director General SON, Chief State Prosecutor,
Mr. Babatunde Alajogun thanked the NCS for its collaborative effort in
releasing the suspicious container of LPG cylinders to SON, stating that the
Agency’s interest was informed by the goods classified as life danger products.
The 40 feet
container of substandard LPG cylinders according to the Chief Prosecutor will
be subjected to tests and analysis before a conclusion is arrived at as to the
quality of the contents and the next line of action.
In his
remarks during an interview with the press at the Amuwo-Odofin, Festac
warehouse facility of SON to receive the container, the Director Iinspectorate
and Compliance, Engr. Bede Obayi revealed the importer of the seized container
as CramoHill Nigeria Limited, stressing that initial surveillance and
investigation showed that the address provided on the import documents were
fictitious and non- existent.
therefore admonished importers to adhere strictly to laid down procedures for
the importation of LPG cylinders as according to him “substandard LPG cylinders
are time bombs that can kill innocent Nigerians if not stopped from coming into
the country and assured that SON will stop at nothing to put an end to the
importation of substandard LPG cylinders and other life endangering products”.
He also
cautioned the Nigerian public not to patronize “fairly used” LPG cylinders as
they are risky and could cause untold harm and possible death as they are
mostly expired and not fit for re-use.
He advised
Consumers to look closely at the valve and collar around the head of the
cylinder for carriage protection of the valve from breakage if it the cylinder
accidentally falls.
attributes the Director ICD advised Nigerians to watch out for include the date
of manufacture, capacity of the cylinder and most importantly the SON logo and
unique serial/identification number displayed on the cylinder to ensure
traceability in the case of any eventuality.

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