The Federal government has said it would establish more Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the country and Bayelsa is one of the ten states to benefit.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Gas and Project Manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation plan, Mr. Dayo Adesina stated this during Day 1 of a 2-day LPG Sensitization Campaign.
The campaign was organized by the Project Management Office, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan in collaboration with the Bayelsa State government.
Mr. Adesina said the first ever cylinder composing plant will be cited in the state, this will also lessen the use of firewood and kerosene for cooking which is harmful to health and the environment.
He said: “For us the LPG expansion is what will bring the gas closest to home and we need to be able to do this in partnership with the Bayelsa State government that is why we are here.
“The first ever composite cylinder manufacturing plant is going to be sighted here in Bayelsa and that project is ongoing already. So there are many ways in which Bayelsa can take advantage of this programme and that is why we are here, because the sensitization is targeted at the state government, LPG industry and then the general public.
The Managing Director, Nigeria LPG Ltd, a subsidiary of NNPC, Alh. Ibrahim Musa Abubakar said NNPC targets to achieve zero emission of heavy carbon by 2060, hence the need to train retailers of LPG products on how to handle and maintain gas cylinders as well as get them fully registered.
“We will be able to quickly set up these micro distribution centres and the aim is to improve the handling of LPG, because the handling is what causes explosions.
“The market space is being dominated by retailers who are not licensed. So we need to engage these retailers through sensitization and NNPC is ready to come in and establish these micro distribution centres which are basically selling points.
Applauding the move by the Federal government to establish at least 20 micro distribution centres in the state, the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, represented by his Deputy, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrujakpor urged the authority in charge of carrying out the mandate to substantially consider the nature of the state to accommodate those in the riverine areas.
“The plan for LPG does not substantially accommodate us and I make bold to stand and say so. Bayelsa is about 70% riverine what is the plan?
“If you say you want to do penetration of 10 million cylinders what is in it for Bayelsa State?
“Any plan that does not include the possibility of having our riverine areas well accommodated and represented will be a wild goose chase”, he said.
The Commissioner for Mineral Resources Ebierin Jones in his remarks appealed to the Federal government to clear up areas affected by gas flaring in the state to cushion its effects on citizens.