The Federal Government has been called upon to make policies and create an enabling environment, so that Nigerians could switch over from the use of firewood and other dirty fuels to the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as preferred fuel.
This call was one of the high points of the presentations and discussions during a recent conference of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) held in Lagos.
In a document submitted at the conference on the quality of cylinders, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) noted that in India, cylinders were not owned by individuals but marketers.
According to SON’s presentation, marketers are responsible for the maintenance of their cylindersand theysell only the gas and get their cylinders back for refilling.
Marketers control and re-qualify their cylinders in conjunction with the regulatory agencies in India, according to the SON document.
SON however stated that cylinders were owned by individuals in China and that plant owners carry out the periodic inspection of cylinders submitted for refilling.
The agency also noted that the plant owners determine the condition of cylinders for requalification; refurbishing and scrapping in line with the country’s standard and urged the stakeholders in Nigeria to adopt either the Indian and Chinese model.
Other speakers were not happy that cylinders are imported or produced in Nigeria and sold to users without any programme for requalification and no programme for maintenance by importers and marketers.
Chief Executive Officer, Oando Marketing Plc, Mr. Yomi Awobokun, in a lead presentation called on the Federal Government to put in place enabling laws and policies that would drive the switch to LPG.
Awobokun also stated that for the country to adopt LPG as preferred fuel, the government should remove subsidy on kerosene and invest the savings in switching to LPG.
He also called for the provision of favourable pricing regimes as incentive to support the scheme.
Awobokun stated that his company would switch 5million homes from the use of dirty cooking fuels to LPG, a clean, safe, convenient, environmentally healthy, and affordable cooking fuel.
He said the programme formed part of OGAS 3kg initiative aimed at addressing the menace of deforestation, greenhouse gas emission and other problems associated with the use of dirty fuels.