- “We want Lagosians to make a shift using liquefied petroleum gas as a preferred choice for cooking” he says
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Tuesday commissioned yet another Skid Plant in Ikorodu reiterating the commitment of his administration to ensuring that Lagos residents make the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) a preferred choice for cooking.
Speaking at the Ewu Elepe Village, Ginti, venue of the commissioning, Governor Fashola, who was represented by his Deputy, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said one of the priorities of his administration in this second term was to revamp and reposition the Energy Sector in the State to enable it play its role in the socio-economic and environmental development of the State.
Expressing dismay that in spite of the position of Nigeria as the largest producer of LPG in the continent, she is ranked the lowest in the use of the product, the Governor declared, “We also recognize the immense potential of the country’s gas resources. It is only right that we devise a means to apply the existing solution to an existing problem meaning that this gas can be used to provide electricity for our country Nigeria”.
“In Africa, Nigeria is rated the largest producer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas yet we are ranked as the lowest in per capita consumption of this product when actually it is exploited in this country and can be made as a source of energy for millions of Nigerians as an alternative to provide electricity for our people”, he said.
On the reason for introducing the cooking gas to Lagosians, Governor Fashola said, “A large percentage of households in Nigeria still use kerosene and firewood for cooking. This two fuels, are not only the major sources of emission but on the long run may be more expensive than LPG”.
“Lagos State recognizes the environmental and negative impact the current cooking fuel, kerosene and firewood, pose to the environment and our people in terms of emission”, the Governor said adding, “The use of LPG has several advantages as fuel because of its simple structure and because it is free from impurities making it one of the few clean and efficient burning fuels in the world”.
He said the State Government was “working seamlessly” to strengthen the needed infrastructure, to ensure the development of the oil sector and to ensure that Lagosians could make a shift using liquefied petroleum adding, “We are working hard to make the transition easy for residents of Lagos State by way of introducing this important product to the people and making it readily available and affordable”.
Some of the ways to ensure this, the Governor said, include producing the gas cylinder in different sizes to ensure that the product is affordable to every buyer and to reduce the burden of carrying the empties to the Skid Plants for refill and setting up Skid Plants in all local government areas and political wards in the State.
The Governor, who called on the Private Sector to invest in setting up more Skid Plants in the State declared, “We are working with companies like Oando and Banner Gas and other stakeholders to reduce the cost of gas cylinders sizes. We have been told now that we have gas cylinders in various sizes”.
In his remarks earlier, the Managing Director of Banner Gas, one of the companies partnering with the State Government in the venture, Mr. Nuhu Yakubu, said the introduction of LPG, christened EKO Gas, was a demonstration of the State Government’s commitment to “Talk- to –Action”.
He explained, “The Governor, sometime this year launched the Cylinder programme under the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Scheme for Lagos State in partnership with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and since then the Government has not looked back in pursuit of the programme”.
“Before the year runs out, we are very sure and convinced that the Lagos State Government will have the course to commission more projects under the Energy programme of the State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources”, the Managing Director said adding that his company would be happy to have the Governor commission another Banner Gas- Eko Gas project powered by Banner Gas.
Noting that the benefits of the project are far-reaching, the Managing Director expressed the hope that the State Government would continue to encourage the Private Sector to invest in the venture by creating the enabling environment that would allow them to put their money into the venture.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Taofeek Tijani, said the commissioning of the Skid Plant was to ensure that the product was made available and affordable to every Lagosian adding that in that sense, the event was “a family arrangement”.
“Four months ago, this kind of plant was launched in Surulere by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and his administration resolved to ensure its availability as a contribution to international efforts to reduce Global Warming attributable to other kinds of fuel such as kerosene and firewood”, the Commissioner noted even as he implored housewives and others that engage in the use of such polluting fuels to change and embrace the use of gas in their cooking.
Highlight of the occasion was the distribution of free gas cylinders with gas to severl women at the venue.
Also present at the occasion were Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former Secretary to the State Government, Chief. Olorunfunmi Bashorun, former Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Lanre Balogun, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Prince Bimbo Ademiluyi, representing LCCI, Traditional Rulers and Chiefs of Ikorodu, Community Development Committee leaders and other stakeholders as well as top government functionaries.