Nigeria promotes cooking gas usage with 600,000 gas cylinders to boost LPG penetration
London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will inject 600,000 gas cylinders to support effort to boost Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas, penetration in the country.
Ms Brenda Ataga, Special adviser on Gas to the Minister of state for
Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed this at the
stakeholders’ forum on LPG penetration in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to her, from our estimation, we have 386,000 micro
distribution centres across the country. We have issued a few licenses
but I don’t have the total number here.
“We will inject 600,000 cylinders to filling plants and Skid owners that
have converted their skids to micro distribution centres,” she said.
She said that the Federal Government would come up with a policy that
would remove the ownership of LPG cylinders from consumers.
Ataga added that the policy would require that the ownership of the
cylinders rests strictly with the dealers and distributors as part of
strategy to deepen the penetration of LPG.
The minister’s aide said that cylinders would be distributed on credit,
with a pre-payment period of 18 months.
Commenting on the roadside sellers or illegal gas sellers, Ataga said
that government would commence awareness campaign to help sensitise
people to the right procedures.
She said that after awareness the Department of Petroleum Resources
(DPR) would commence clamping down on illegal or road side sellers.
“Actually, enforcement will start next week, we will start notifying
people from today; there will be jingles in the media, so that people
will understand what we are talking about.
“The clamp down will be done area by area where convention of Skids had
be done and where illegal sellers have been warned,” she added.
Ataga said that over a million illegal retailers are currently existing
in the country, adding that government has planned to remove Value Added
Tax (VAT) to achieve its target.
Mr Umar Gwandu of DPR called on all stakeholders and Nigerians to
support government’s effort to ensure the success of LPG penetration in
He promised that DPR would put strategy in place to help all
stakeholders key in properly.
Also, Commandant Patrick Ukpa of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps, FCT command assured the agency of maximum support to help
government achieve LPG penetration in the country.
“There is no business without regulations, sensitising people to the
right thing is a good way to start.
“As a law enforcement agency, we must help to stop all illegal
businesses; we all need to cooperate to ensure sanity in our country,”