By Solomon Asowata
Lagos, Oct. 5, 2020 Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Monday presented its Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certification to Nigeria’s leading Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder maker, TechnoGas Ltd.
The certification was presented by the Coordinator of the Lagos State Office 1 of SON, Mrs Nwaoma Olujie, to the Executive Vice-Chairman of Techno Oil Ltd, Mrs Nkechi Obi, at a ceremony at the headquarters of Techno Oil in Lagos.
Naija247news reports that MANCAP is a mandatory product certification scheme put in place by SON.
It is aimed at ensuring that all locally-manufactured products in the country conform to relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before such products are presented for sale in the market or exported.
Speaking at the ceremony, Obi said TechnoGas started full production of cylinders in June 2019 when its plant in Kajola, Lagos State, was inaugurated by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
She said the plant had capacity to produce over five million pieces of high quality LPG cylinders annually, adding that the plant was producing various sizes of LPG cylinders, ranging from 6kg to 12.5kg among others.
Obi said the company was committed to deepening LPG adoption in Nigeria and making households to switch from the use of firewood or kerosene to the use of LPG, which according to her is safer, cleaner, healthier and cheaper as a source of domestic energy.
According to her, Techno Oil has sought the guidance of SON on equipment and machinery specifications that would guarantee the production of quality LPG cylinders capable of competing anywhere in the world.
“This strategic collaboration with SON became stronger year on year until date and the outcome is the reason why we are gathered here today to witness the presentation of TechnoGas LPG cylinder MANCAP Certification.
“As a company, Techno Oil will continue to uphold practices that would engender the production of quality products, while ensuring compliance with every established regulatory standard,” she said.
Earlier, Olujie congratulated the management and staff of Techno Oil for the achievement of obtaining a certificate of conformity for the LPG steel cylinders.
She said: “Today is remarkable in the history of Techno Oil because you have joined the league of companies that have MANCAP certification for their products.
“This award is given to companies that have distinguished themselves in their various manufacturing and production categories.”
She explained that the programme started in 2006 and ensured compliance with the minimum requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) or code of practice.
Olujie said the NIS code of practice promotes fair competition at both domestic and international markets as well as safeguarding the safety and health of consumers in the overall interest of promoting economic and industrial development of Nigeria.
She said the company’s gas cylinders had successfully passed the rigorous certification procedures which involved inspection of production processes as well as testing of the products to conform to the NIS.
“You are to note that the MANCAP certificate will be valid for three years during which your certified products will be monitored for consistent compliance to the relevant NIS under surveillance inspection after which your products will be re-certified.
“It is important to note that LPG cylinders are classified as life endangering products and compliance to standards is mandatory.
“Your certificate will be withdrawn if during surveillance inspections, your certified products consistently failed to meet the requirements of the standards and effective corrective actions are not taken to produce quality cylinders thereby putting the lives of Nigerians at risk.
“It is my candid hope that the management and staff of Techno Oil will uphold the quality of the certified products and ensure that these products are traded both locally and internationally,” Olujie added.