The Federal Government says it will inject 10,000,000 cylinders of the Petroleum Liquified Gas into circulation nationwide to increase access to the commodity.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria LPG, Alhaji Musa Ibrahim, made this known during a two-day sensitisation workshop in Bauchi on Tuesday.
He said the cylinders would be distributed nationwide through registered marketers, saying the government would establish micro sales and distribution centres for the cylinders.
Musa added that, “The price of the safe cylinders is affordable as the LPG is capable of improving economic activities of the end-users.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on LPG, Dayo Adeshina, urged the people of Bauchi to embrace the use of the LPG in their households.
He explained that the Federal Government is considering the possibility of increasing access to the commodity by reducing the high cost of the LPG to expand affordability.
Dayo said the use of cooking gas would reduce instances of deforestation, desertification, and soil erosion which contributed seriously to environmental hazards.
In his remarks, Governor Bala Mohammed, represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela, said that his government would support the programme to succeed.
He called on the national LPG office to develop a means through which gas for firing automobiles to reduce carbon emissions will be introduced.
Baba Tela explained that many Nigerians were ignorant of the potential of the LPG, stressing that citizens needed to be adequately aware of the potential of the product.
Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Natural Resources, Nuruddeen Abdulhameed, said the government would fully support the implementation of the project.
He said the state government would provide a large plot of land and see to the successful take-off of the programme.