Nigeria: Lagos Distributes 20,000 Gas Stoves to Residents

The Lagos State Government has distributed over 20,000 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to residents across the 57 local governments and local council development authorities (LGs/LCDAs) in the state1 to promote the use of cooking gas and reduce hazards associated with the use of firewood and kerosene.

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources Taofeek Tijani spoke at the free distribution and sensitisation/public awareness programme  in Agidingbi, Lagos. He said the event would enable the majority of the residents of the local government areas come to terms with the immense benefits in the use of gas thereby preventing  hazards faced by residents while using firewood, charcoal and kerosene.

Tijani noted that the distribution of free 3kg gas cylinders to residents of the State was a poverty alleviating scheme as about 20,000 gas cylinders has so far been distributed to residents without being partial to political party affiliations.

He said that the initiative of Lagos State Government has gone beyond just distributing LPG cylinders freely but also the celebration of healthy, cleaner environment and wealth creation as well as mitigating against the effect of climate change in the State.

He noted that so many countries in Africa such as Ghana, Togo, among others, have embraced the use of cooking gas hence Nigeria with the largest reserve of the product in the sub-region should not be left behind. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mrs. Regina Iyabo Obasa, also said that the state government is determined to ensure that Lagos homes imbibe the use of LPG because of its advantages.

She said that the state government introduced Eko Gas Scheme as a domestic fuel of choice for Lagosians in order to reduce carbon emissions from the use of firewood and kerosene and because of its inherent advantages, such as being cleaner, healthier, safe, more efficient and convenient to use for cooking. She said: “Certain health problems like conjunctivitis, bronchitis and even heart diseases are on the increase and it is being suspected that the use of kerosene, fire wood and charcoal are likely causes of some of these diseases because of the fumes inhaled when used for cooking. It is In the light of these that the state government as part of its public education programme started sensitising and distributing free Eko Gas stove cylinders to Lagosians.”

In her goodwill message, the wife of the Governor and Special Guest of Honour at the event, Mrs. Emmanuella Fashola lauded the Eko Gas initiative because of its numerous advantages and enjoined lagosians to imbibe the use of gas in homes for cleaner and healthier environment. She thanked the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) LPG Group for partnering the state government.

The representative of the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Nike Akande, enjoined Lagosians to embrace the use of a cleaner fuel for cooking. She said that LPG is the cleanest and most efficient fuel.

Source: The Nation