Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke
Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, has said that Nigeria is one of Africa’s lowest consumers of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) notwithstanding its current national LPG consumption rate of 110,000 metric tonnes (MT) per annum.
Alison-Madueke, who spoke yesterday at the opening of the LPG Strategic Workshop and Conference in Abuja, said growth of the LPG market in Nigeria was a critical component of the nation’s gas master plan which it launched in 2010.
The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abdulkadir Musa, expressed an urgent need for Nigeria to open up the LPG market for improved energy utilisation and economic growth.
She stated that: “The National Strategic Policy for LPG is therefore necessary to address all the issues affecting LPG development and utilisation such as lack of infrastructure, affordability safety concerns and logistics challenges.
On this note, I will like to state that our vision in the ministry is for LPG to be an engine for economic growth for our nation.”
Alison-Madueke also explained that due to challenges in the LPG market, Nigeria have been able to wholly consume the 150,000 metric tonnes of LPG per annum earmarked for domestic market.
“Upstream gas suppliers were directed to dedicate an agreed volume of LPG product to the domestic market, which made the NLNG to release 150000 MT of LPG per annum to the Nigerian domestic market.
Unfortunately, this volume is not sufficiently consumed by the domestic market due to the lack of infrastructure, affordability, safety concerns and logistics challenges,” she noted.
Also in his remark, the President of the Nigeria LPG Association, Mr Auwalu Ilu, said his association has been pushing for such policy as was stated by the minister in the industry but have not been successful until now.
He said the proposed policy will help address challenges in the industry, grow the LPG market when implemented in the future .
The Managing Director of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Haruna Momoh, equally said in his remarks that the PPMC has made plan to grow LPG market by making it more accessible and affordable to Nigerians.