ABUJA – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday flagged off a two-day national Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) sensitisation and awareness campaign to be held across 12 states of the federation.
The programme which held at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja, with the theme: ‘Stimulating National Socioeconomic Growth Through LPG Adoption and Expansion’ aims at showcasing LPG as an important element for clean cooking fuels and technologies.
The states where the campaigns are billed to be held cut across the six geo-political zones of the federation, including Sokoto and Katsina in North West, Bauchi and Gombe in North East, Enugu and Ebonyi in Southeast, Delta and Bayelsa in South South, Lagos and Ogun in South West, and FCT and Niger in North Central.
This is even as it was revealed that almost 900,000 people are affected every year by the effects of dirty fuels like firewood and charcoal.
Represented at the occasion by Mr. Dayo Adeshina, Programme Manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan (NLEIP), emphasized the need for all stakeholders to work together to ensure seamless implementation of federal government’s programme initiated to promote the use of LPG in the country.
He noted that greenhouse gas emissions have affected the entire planet including Nigeria, stressing that concerted effort must be made to reduce the effects in the country.
“Greenhouse gas emissions have affected the entire planet and Nigeria is not exception. You can see from the way has changed significantly, the intensity of the rains and the storms are much higher, the heat from dry season is quite intense. So it is critical that we all join hands together to ensure that various programmes that the Federal Government has put together are implementated.
He reiterated federal government”s commitment to some of the programmes including the decade of gas and net zero by 2030.
According to him, federal government’s plan to convert 1000 vehicles such that they will be running on gas shows government’s determination for gas expansion implementation project.
Earlier, Adeshina, while speaking in his personal capacity as the NLEIP Programme Manager, said Nigeria has monumental problems with desertification, deforestation and climate change.
He said the event aims to outline the importance of LPG for the government, for Petroleum industry and for the people.
“Every year almost 900,000 people are affected by the effects of dirty fuels like firewood and charcoal. That figure is more than the total number of people that suffer from malaria and tuberculosis together.
“So the government’s plan is to displace the energy mix for cooking which currently stands at firewood 60%, kerosene 30%, LPG 5% and charcoal 5%.
“The Government’s ambition is to revised that and change that 5% for LPG to 90% in 10 years”.
This, he said will be achieved through applying what he called 4As (Accessibility, Acceptability, Affordability, and Availability).
According to him, some of the policy directives embedded in the National Gas Policy passed in 2017 outlined various incentives to be given to the LPG industry as the government would act as an enabler.