26 August 2014, Lagos – In a bid to encourage the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly called cooking gas in Lagos, the State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has taken the use of cooking gas campaign to the grass root, tasking residents to adopt this clean, safer and cost-effective fuel because of its inherent advantages.
Speaking during the distribution of free EKO Gas cylinders and accessories to residents of Alimosho Local Government Area by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Regina Iyabo Obasa disclosed that the Lagos State Government is determined to ensure that Lagos homes imbibe the use of LPG because of its inherent advantages.
She disclosed that Lagos State Government introduced Eko Gas Scheme as a domestic fuel of choice for Lagosians in order to reduce carbon emissions 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.
‘’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 sensitizing and distributing free Eko Gas stove cylinders to Lagosians has been undertaken in Isolo LCDA, Eredo LCDA, and Badagry Central LCDA,” she said.
She further stated that the State government 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 local government areas on a weekly basis till the end of 2014.
Also 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 LPG popularly called cooking gas is the cleanest and most efficient fuel available today. Makinde 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.
Welcoming guests to the event, the Chairman of the Local Development Area, Hon. Israel Olusola Adekunle represented by the Head, Human Resources, Mr. Oluwo Ojo expressed his delight at the initiative saying ‘’ words cannot express how delighted and inspired my humble self and members of my cabinet are because this initiative which is clearly an indication of tremendous democratic development and equitable distribution of the dividends of democracy’’.
He re-echoed the importance of switching to the use of LPG which he said is possibly the cleanest and most efficient fuel available today.
“Through the use of LPG in rural and low income household, Lagosians can be assured of better health, a cleaner environment and more efficient and faster cooking times,” he said.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of free Eko Gas stove cylinders to residents of the locality including former National Deputy President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Alhaji Arashi Omikunle and some food vendors.
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