Nnewi Gas Explosion: Petrol Stations, Gas Plants To Get Certificate Of Safety Before Operation

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said that henceforth anyone operating petrol stations and gas plants in the country will obtain certificate of safety from the Department of Occupational Health and Safety, OHS, of the Ministry of Labour and Employment to reduce incidence of gas explosions and fire outbreaks.

Ngige said this after on-the-spot assessment of the gas explosion at the Inter Corp Limited Gas Plant, Nnewi, owned by Chicason Group.

He also added that the ministry would embark on monthly inspection of factories to ensure total compliance.

The issuance of certificate of safety came after the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF directed that every employer yet to enrol their workers on the Employees Compensation Scheme, ECS, would begin payment from July 2011 except companies that were established after the July 2011 commencement date.

Ngige who was accompanied by the Managing Director of NSITF, Abubakar Munir, said: “Actually, the Department of Petroleum Resources issuing licences for the building of petrol stations and gas plants is not enough. The Department should also be issuing a safety certificate from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

“From now on, no DPR licence will be valid unless there is a certification from the Occupational Health and Safety, OSH, department of the ministry. The ministry is also planning monthly inspection of factories to ensure compliance. We can do that because we have offices in all the 36 states of the federation including Abuja.”

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