Use gas for cooking, it’s cheaper, safer, DPR tells Nigerians

gas cylindersDespite the huge gas deposit in the country, particularly the Niger Delta region, Nigeria still ranks one of the lowest Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consuming nations in the sub-Sahara Africa.

Statistics shows that the consumption rate of LPG in the country is about 600 metric tonnes per annum with per capita of about 2KG which is far lower compared to other African countries like Ghana with 4.3KG and Sierra Leone about 9KG.

Similarly, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), about 66 per cent of domestic and industrial energy consumers still rely on firewood, which has contributed negatively to deforestation and by implication, global climate change.

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It is against this backdrop that stakeholders in the LPG sub-sector and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) converged on Warri, last week, to brainstorm on the inherent challenges and chart a way forward at an event tagged, “2018 DPR/LPG Marketers Stakeholders Forum.”

In his opening remark, Mr Asuquo Antai, the Operations Controller, DPR, Warri Zonal Office, said a lot of people did not use the cooking fuel (LPG) because of the high risk associated with its usage, noting that it was easier and safer to harbour gas than electricity which, virtually, about 80 per cent of Nigerians are comfortable with.

The controller, who was represented by the Head Downstream of DPR, Mr Nicholas Ogbe, at the forum with the theme: “Stakeholders Relationship Building and Management: Promoting a Safe and Sustainable Utilisation of LPG,” noted that despite the natural gas reserve in the country, and the various interventions by the Federal Government in the LPG sector, the use of cooking gas had not been fully realised.

According to him, the theme was carefully chosen in line with government’s aspiration to grow LPG investment and domestication of gas towards achieving a gas-driven economy.

“It is hoped that this meeting will attempt to examine ways of eliminating barriers militating against the growth of LPG investment and usage in Nigeria.

“LPG has relatively low emissions when compared to other cooking fuels such as firewood and kerosene.

“Despite the huge reserves of natural gas in the country and all the interventions by the Federal Government, the transformation towards making LPG the primary cooking fuel for Nigerians has not been fully realised,” he said.

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