Leadership (Abuja)

30 August 2014

Nigeria: 'Transformer Oil Now Sold As Cooking Oil in Markets'

The general manager, Health Safety and Environment of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr Olisa Okoli has disclosed that disused transformer oil is now being sold in many Nigerian markets to unsuspecting buyers as cooking oil.

Speaking during a training workshop for journalists and media personnel in Abuja yesterday, Engr Okoli lamented that transformer oil finds it's way into Nigerian markets, where its repackaged and sold as cooking oil to Nigerians.

He pointed out that the transformer oil, which contains a dangerous substance; called polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) is capable of causing various health challenges, including cancer and various skin diseases.

He advised the general public to be wary of the type of cooking oil they buy from the markets, while calling on the government to take necessary action so as to safeguard the health of Nigerians.

He also warned against the use of disused transformer oil in roasting of animal hide, burning of farm lands, direct use as creams by some personnel working in some electricity facilities, as well as in the treatment of head lice, eczema as well as other and skin diseases.

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