Oando partners LASG, LCCI on LPG usage
In a bid to ensure a safer, cleaner environment and a healthy populace, Oando Marketing Plc, in partnership with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Lagos State government (LASG), through the State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), continued the distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to consumers in Lagos State through the eko Gas cylinders distribution programme.
The campaign, a continuation of the March 2013 edition, kicked off at LTV 8 premises Ikeja early last week.
The First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuela Abimbola Fashola, the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofiq Tijiani, several government officials and dignitaries at all tiers of the state government, members of the LCCI, officials from Oando Marketing Plc and other firms participated in the initiative while beneficiaries cut across various local government areas (LGA’s) and Local council development areas (LCDA’s) of the state.
Mrs Fashola, who was the special guest of honour at the event, said the collaboration between LASG and LCCI in the distribution of free LPG cylinders was an important initiative of the state government because according to her it will help “to stop the use of firewood as a source of energy for outdoor cooking most especially in the rural areas and to save lives.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources LASG, Mrs Regina Obasa, commented on the economic benefits of using the LPG, stressing the cost benefit analysis.
The Vice President of LCCI, Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande who delivered a speech on behalf of the President of the LCCI, said that the LASG had paid N300 million for the distribution of the 3kg LPG cylinders across the 57 LGA’s and LCDA’s across the state, lauding Governor Babatunde Fashola and members of the LASG executive council for supporting the programme.
The highlight of the day was the distribution of various LPG cylinders by the First Lady of Lagos State to the joyous beneficiaries from 31 LGA’s and LCDA’s with each LGA/LCDA collecting 50 LPG cylinders. Special awards were also conferred by the LCCI on various people in recognition of their support and the role they played towards the success of the Eko Gas initiative.
The Head, LPG, Oando Marketing Plc, Ganiyu Azeez said that the company is delighted in collaborating with both stakeholders and also ensuring it performs its corporate social responsibility by promoting a clean environment in line with the desire of LASG.