Makurdi - Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has blamed the NNPC and the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for not carrying out key tests on vehicle containers in Benue.
Mr Paul Oke, in charge of Benue and Nasarawa states of SON, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Makurdi that container manufacturers including tanks were not being inspected by the relevant organs of the government.
He said that it was the duty of the two organs of government to ensure that containers were properly manufactured in compliance with specifications by carrying out specific tests on them.
Oke said that pressure tests were required on vehicle containers such as tankers to ascertain their pressure consumption level.
"It is this pressure test that determines whether or not such tankers can burst into flames while on the road; it is very important to do the test because it involves safety of individuals."
He regretted that at the moment, most tankers that were locally built and do not go through these test "and that explains why there are frequent cases of tankers bursting into flames nowadays".
Oke said that pressure tests could be done by NNPC "even at the point of loading products to ensure that such containers were produced according to standards".
He warned the container builders to avoid certifying their products through unacceptable procedures.
He said that NNPC was always accusing them of "usurping" their functions each time they tried to enforce quality control measures on the tanks.