The Federal Government is working towards injecting between 5million and 10million Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas, cylinders into the market within the next one year.
Dayo Adeshina, Programme Manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan disclosed this yesterday in Lagos at a sensitisation workshop on LPG Adoption and Implementation for Industry Stakeholders. The workshop is aimed at improving safety and deepens LPG utilisation, also known as cooking gas, in the country.
He said Nigeria has a gas reserve of 203TCF and government is desirous of collaborating with stakeholders to ensure its utilisation for development purposes, aside household consumption. This will enable the country to reduce CO2 emission by about 20 per cent and create millions of jobs for Nigerians
He further stated that the cylinder injection would be done in phases. The first phase would involve 11 pilot states and the FCT. The states are Lagos, Ogun, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Sokoto, Delta, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The cylinders will be injected through the marketers. The marketers will be responsible for the cylinders and the exchange will take place in homes and not in filling stations. What this means is that going forward, cylinders will not be owned by individuals but by the marketers who will ensure that they are safe for usage’’, he said.
Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Ahaziah Suleiman, Executive Director, News, Voice of Nigeria, disclosed that jingles had been produced in indigenous languages to educate Nigerians on the advantages of switching to cooking gas, especially in the pilot states of the programme.
Mr. Nuhu Yakubu, President, Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, said efforts should be made to ensure the availability, accessibility and affordability of cooking gas in the country. He said this would encourage more Nigerians to embrace gas usage in their homes with the attendant benefits to the country.