SWITZERLAND, MAY 15
The Federal Government on Thursday disclosed that it was making provisions for micro-distribution centres so cooking gas users can access the commodity at affordable rates and rent cylinders.
It also said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other oil marketers would commence installing Compressed Natural Gas pumps at filling stations. This is to ensure a seamless transition from the use of petrol to CNG in automobiles in the country,
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who revealed these in Abuja, also announced that the downstream oil sector had been deregulated.
He said that the government initiated this measure to ultimately shift Nigerians from the use of kerosene to cooking gas
According to him “Today the reason why people cannot really use gas or why the penetration is low is because the initial capital outlay in using gas is quite high to the ordinary man.
“So what we are doing is to try and see how people can have access without necessarily investing all that money upfront.”
He added, “With this, we believe that gas will now begin to compete with other cooking fuels because today the advantage that kerosene has over gas is that if you don’t have the money to buy a litre of kerosene, you can buy a bottle or half a bottle.
“But when we roll out this programme, gas will become more affordable and we believe that a lot more people will use gas.”
He pointed out that in the LPG policy of government was geared at setting up 32,000 micro-distribution cooking gas centres across the country, which would create employment for 5,000 workers.
Sylva said that the government was seriously pushing for the use of the CNG in cars instead of the continued use of petrol.
Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had delayed the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery.