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Nigeria’s cooking gas consumption rises amidst jumping filling prices

Whereas the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has announced that the consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in Nigeria, popularly called cooking gas, exceeded one million metric tonnes in 2020, Nigerians have continued to complain on the rising costs of filling their cylinders.

The PPPRA said this made 2020 the first year in the nation’s history where LPG consumption had reached the one million MT thresholds. Nigeria consumed 840,594.37MT of LPG in 2019, indicating an increase of 60.5 per cent over the 635,452.061MT recorded in 2018. “This steady and sustained pattern of growth culminating in the over one million metric tonnes of LPG domestic consumption milestone in 2020 has placed the country first in West Africa and one of the leading LPG consuming nations on the continent,” the Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, said. He explained in a statement issued in Abuja that with the feat, the country was on track to meet the five million MT target by 2022, as set in the Nigeria Gas Policy of 2017. He said this translates to an average of one million MT/year, provided the country sustains and ramps up intervention efforts and initiatives.