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FG to procure N10m gas cylinders for Nigerians, says Adesina

By Monday Osayande, Asaba
23 November 2021   |   3:04 am
Federal Government, yesterday, promised to procure 10 million gas cylinders for marketers for onward distribution to end-users. The units would be exchanged with old cylinders from various homes.

Cooking gas. Cylinders PHOTO: iStock

Okowa raises concern over the high cost of gas

Federal Government, yesterday, promised to procure 10 million gas cylinders for marketers for onward distribution to end-users. The units would be exchanged with old cylinders from various homes.

This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on LPG, Mr. Dayo Adesina, at a two-day LPG sensitisation and awareness campaign organised by the National LPG Expansion Plan, Office of the Vice President in conjunction with Delta State Government held in Government House, Asaba.

He said there was no reason anyone should use firewood, kerosene and charcoal for cooking, especially when the country was blessed with an abundance of gas.

Adesina identified Delta State as strategic to the National LPG Expansion plan in view of its contributions to oil and gas development in the country and commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for setting up four training centres for manufacturing of low emission stoves in the state.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, however, raised concern over the rising cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and tasked the Federal Government and other relevant policymakers to initiate moves towards reducing it.

He said the theme for the campaign, “Stimulating Delta State Socioeconomic Growth Through LPG Adoption And Expansion,” was apt as the world moves towards greener sources of energy because of the adverse effects of fossil fuel on the environment.

Represented by his Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Kingsley Emu, Okowa said stakeholders must work to reduce the rising cost of LPG if the objective of the National LPG Expansion plan was to be realised.

He said, “Just recently, world leaders gathered in Glasgow, Ireland, in a Summit (COP-26) to discuss the adverse effects of climate change occasioned by the use of fossil fuels and the need to move towards cleaner energy.

“This makes the adoption of LPG as a transition fuel to greener sources exigent, and Delta State is keen to play a vital role in this process and will give this awareness programme maximum support.”

While Welcoming guests to the event, State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba, said the objective of the sensitization was to display the economic and sustainability plan for adopting LPG for domestic use, power generation, agriculture and transportation amongst others.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for approving an Annual Sensitization Campaign on Safety for LPG Retailers in the state with the maiden edition in 2020.

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