COOKING GAS RETAILERS EXEMPTED FROM LOCKDOWN- NALPGAM
The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM), said on Wednesday that cooking gas sellers are exempted from the lockdown.
This was disclosed in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Mr Bassey Essien.
The statement noted that in a bid to avoid a misinterpretation of the directive, NALPGAM sought clarification from the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, where it got approval that gas plants and retail outlets are part of essential service providers.
Therefore, LPG plants should be granted access to the smooth running of their facilities and operations, as well as free movement of their personnel from their homes to the facilities.
“The fact that people have to stay indoors for two weeks in the first instance entails that households must cook and eat for the stay-at-home order to be effective", Essien opined.
Essien urged gas plants to maintain all safety and hygienic measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 while workers must have their identity cards.
NALPGAM also added that it has written the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for other states to make similar clarifications.