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A new report by the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), has revealed that the ongoing campaign across the nation on the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic cooking is capable of generating well over N10b for the economy in two years.
Besides, the drive will among other things, generate an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 jobs in the LPG value chain within the next two years with the planned Kerosene to LPG switching programme.
Executive Secretary of NLPGA, Joseph Eromosele, in an interview with Business Hilights in Lagos weekend, said “Only five per cent of the Nigerian population utilises LPG for cooking while 56 per cent depends on firewood and 27 per cent on kerosene. Over 30 million households and more than 100 million Nigerians depend on firewood as a source of energy for cooking but this has come with collateral damage to human health, environment (deforestation) and the economy. With the LPG policy, we will be able to drive broader penetration of LPG into homes, especially the low-income households in rural areas.”
Explaining more, the Deputy President of the group, Nuhu Yakubu, averred that the policy also aims to use LPG to displace LPFO and diesel as popular fuel among industrial users while deepening applications in agriculture and commercial establishments.
According to him, “The policy will also promote the use of LPG for off and on grid power generation. It will provide the environment for the use of LPG in the automotive industry with a target conversion of 10 per cent of the country’s vehicle population. These are investment opportunities for industry stakeholders,” he added.
Apart from creating jobs and cleaning up the environment, NLPGA decried that 18 states in northern Nigeria are currently suffering from desertification and deforestation because millions of the citizens rely on firewood for cooking.
The scourge is also hitting the southern half of the country as formally blossoming thick forests in the region are gradually disappearing due to massive logging for fuel wood.