It is quite unbelievable to note that out of Nigeria‘s huge population of 194 million people, only five per cent of Nigerians make do with gas for cooking. Record shows that about 60 per cent use firewood, 30 per cent use kerosene, while five per cent use coal.
The statistic above was given at the just concluded 7th Annual Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) conference and exhibition, held in Lagos by the Programme manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan (Office of the Vice-President), Dayo Adeshina.
Adeshina noted that the fact that 90% of the gas remain unused and eventually expires in gas cylinder has been a source of worry to the government.
This fact being establlished, the Programme manager noted that the unused gas which can outlive their safety after 15 years can be dangerous to use as most cylinders in Nigeria are over 30 years old.
“Things need to change in the industry. Today, everybody wants a cylinder but in most developed countries where LPG plays active role, marketers are rightly the sellers of cylinders.
“This is because from when it is manufactured, it passes through proliferation after five years, with Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, running its test and certification. All of these processes take 10-years.
After 15 years, the cylinders should be withdrawn from the market. But today how many of us can attest for manufacturing date of the cylinders we have in our homes?
There are cylinders that have been with us for 30 years and have not been tested or certified. Our investigation has shown that over 90 percent of Nigerians are using expired cylinders”
Offering a lasting solution to this problem, Adeshina proferred that Nigerians attention should be shifted away from the use of ‘firewood and kerosene’.
He therefore called for a massive awareness campaign, saying “The mindset of Nigerians has to be changed to reason why LPG should be preferred”.