In a bid to ensure increased use of cooking gas by Nigerians’ the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) plans to embark on the importation of different sizes of affordable gas cylinders and accessories.
Expressing concern over the poor level of consumption in the country, the President of the Association, Alhaji Auwulu Ilu told newsmen in Lagos recently that making the accessories affordable would certainly enhance the level of consumption of gas by Nigerians.
According to him, what would entice Nigerians to use cooking gas in place of other products like kerosene, firewood and charcoal is the availability of gas cylinders in diverse sizes.
He pointed out that the unaffordable price of start up accessories such as cylinders and others has turned cooking gas a product for the elite, adding “we are encouraging members to begin mass importation of cylinder of all sizes and other accessories to make the price affordable”.
Ilu disclosed that the Lagos State government is working on a comprehensive cylinder and LPG development scheme that would enable people at all levels to afford gas.
“Oando is also trying to bring about 500,000 cylinders particularly the 3.5kg, which is the smallest of the cylinder into the market. Also as an association, we have set up a committee to come up with the pilot scheme”, he noted.
He explained that the company has been waiting for the federal government to come in and see how it can embark on a massive cylinder-scheme but to no avail hence the move to start a pilot scheme.
In the next one mouth, there would be a comprehensive plan on the pilot scheme that would promote LPG consumption in Lagos from where it would spread to other states”, he said.
On the recent increase in price of LPG, the NLPGA president explained. “Anytime it is winter, December and January, price changes. That is when you have price peak. There is no subsidy on LPG. The international price of the commodity is also high.”
In a keynote address at the just concluded Oil and Gas conference in Abuja, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke said the government is driving the LPG revolution by directly promoting domestic utilisation of the product and incentivising new investment in LPG infrastructure.
She disclosed that the processLPG Distribution Network largely involves indigenous operators that would distribute LPG to various parts of the country with supplies draw from the proposed Gas processing facilities is on.