The National President, Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers, Mr. Basil Ogbuanu, has called for a nationwide upgrade of gas plants as part of efforts to deepen the use of LPG (cooking gas) in the country.
Ogbuanu, in an interview with our correspondent, said there were over 300 gas plants in the country but lamented that they all ran on outdated measuring system.
This system, according to him, does not allow gas plant owners to sell cooking gas in litres but in kilogramme.
He said this situation had barred an average family from migrating to LPG use since the least they could buy was 12.5kg.
He said, “The system of gas plant in Nigeria does not meet today’s technology. Nigeria is still selling cooking gas at per 12.5kg whereas other countries have migrated to selling cooking gas per litre.”
In view of this, Ogbuanu insisted that gas plants in the country must be upgraded to make it possible for Nigerians to buy as little cooking gas as they want at any point in time.
Instead of running the old measurement system, the NALPGAM president advised all plant owners to dedicate the next one year to upgrading their measurement technology to ensure that more Nigerians could buy cooking gas in litres while enhancing environmental sustainability from increased use of clean fuel such as the LPG for cooking.
He said, “It is a technology that we must accept because if you don’t anticipate change, change will be forced on you. This will introduce pay-as-you-buy in all the gas plants.
“Gas plants are located across the country and digitising their measurement scale will deepen the usage of gas.”
Ogbuanu lamented the country’s low consumption of cooking gas, describing it as far below expectation for a country that has huge gas resources.
On strategies he would engage to achieve a buy-in from NALPGAM’s over 500 members, Ogbuanu said, “I will call an emergency general meeting to update members on the current happening in the LPG industry in the world and advise them to upgrade their measurement system from kilogramme to litre to enable less income earners to buy gas everywhere in the country.”
The NALPGAM boss said companies had been identified in Turkey, India, UK, Germany and Italy and all things being equal, they would be partnered with for the upgrade.
The Deputy National President, NALPGAM, Mr. Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor, a legal practitioner, called for the upgrading of the New Oil Jetty owned and managed by PPMC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
He said, “Because it is outdated, they hardly give priority to LPG vessels and this leads to scarcity. So, the Federal Government should look into upgrading the petroleum product discharging terminal in such a way that LPG vessels will enjoy a priority.”
Ogieva-Okunbor, who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer, Ogievic Interbiz Limited, lamented the lack of support of Nigerian banks in upgrading LPG facilities to increase the consumption of cooking gas in the country.
He appealed to the banks to consider increasing lending to viable LPG projects in the country in order to ensure that more Nigerians migrate to LPG use for cooking rather than depending on other alternatives that are not environmental friendly.
Information from Punch was used in this report.