The state also sensitised residents of the village on the benefits of Liquid Petroleum Gas commonly called cooking gas to the grass roots.
Launched under the LPG Initiative, ‘Eko Gas Scheme,’ the occasion was used to distribute free gas cylinders to women in the area and enlighten the people about the benefits of using cooking gas.
Governor Babatunde Fashola explained that the state government, in partnership with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Oando Plc, Banner Gas and other stakeholders, initiated the scheme to promote the use of cooking gas, which is a more efficient and cleaner source of energy than most traditional sources of energy such as kerosene, firewood and charcoal.
According to him, LPG is a cleaner, faster and cheaper alternative for domestic cooking, especially against the backdrop of periodic shortages and rising cost of kerosene in the country.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the governor said that the enlightenment campaign was aimed at encouraging more Lagosians, particularly those in rural areas, to know more about the LPG and its numerous advantages over unsafe sources of cooking energy such as kerosene, firewood and charcoal.
Fashola said, “One of the main priorities of our administration in this second term is revamping and repositioning the energy sector in recognition of its role in economic and environmental development.
“In Africa, Nigeria was rated as the largest producer of LPG, yet we are rated as the lowest in per capital consumption, when naturally if exploited, it can be made as a source of energy for millions of Nigerians and as an alternative to provide electricity for our people.”
He said part of the outcome of the state government’s partnership with the relevant stakeholders was to make the cost of acquiring and refilling the cooking gas affordable and easily accessible to low income earners, small families, campers and students.
He said, “A large percentage of homes still use kerosene and firewood for their cooking. These two sources are not the major sources of emission, but in the long run, they will be more expensive to households and our environment than the LPG.
“The use of LPG has several advantages because of its simple structure and it’s free from impurities, making it one of the few clean and efficient sources of power in the world.”
The Managing Director, Banner Gas, Mr. Nuhu Yakubu, described the event as another demonstration of the administration’s “talk to action,” stressing that many more launches of the scheme would be done across the 20 local government councils and 37 local council development areas.
The state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Taofiq Tijani, urged the residents to embrace LPG as a cleaner, safer and cheaper alternative for cooking because of its health and environmental advantages.
Information from Punch was used in this report.