KUNLE KALEJAYE 28 August 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has taken the campaign for the use of cooking gas to the grassroot with the distribution of free Eko Gas cylinders and accessories to residents of Alimosho Local Government Area.
It is part of efforts by the government to encourage the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, also known as cooking gas, in the state.
Speaking at the event where the cooking gas accessories were presented to the beneficiaries, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mrs. Regina Iyabo Obasa, disclosed that the government was determined to ensure that Lagos homes imbibed the use of LPG because of its inherent advantages.
She disclosed that the state government introduced Eko Gas Scheme as a domestic fuel of choice for Lagosians in order to reduce carbon emission from the use of firewood and kerosene and because of its inherent advantages such as being cleaner, healthier, safe, more efficient and convenient to use for cooking.
The Permanent Secretary said, “Lagos State Government is set to introduce one million gas cylinders to Lagos homes in the next five years to make the use of LPG a success.
“This exercise of sensitising and distributing free Eko Gas stove cylinders to Lagosians has been undertaken in Isolo LCDA, Eredo LCDA, and Badagry Central LCDA.”
She added that the state, in conjunction with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has mapped out plans to sensitise and distribute Eko gas cylinders with full accessories to other LGA/LCDAs every week till the end of year 2014.
Speaking at the event, representative of the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Adewuyi Makinde, enjoined Lagosians and in particular residents of Alimosho, to embrace the use of a cleaner fuel for cooking.
He disclosed that the LPG was the cleanest and most efficient fuel available today.
He reiterated the determination of his organisation to partner with Lagos State Government in safeguarding the environment against hazardous substances emitted while cooking with charcoal, firewood and kerosene.