Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Plant with a promise that his administration remained committed to repositioning and revamping the energy sector.
Fashola, speaking at the inauguration of the plant, named ‘Eko Gas,’ and located in Ginti-Ewu Elepe in Ikorodu, said: “Actually, this can be made a source of energy to millions of Nigerians as alternative to provide electricity, which is lacking,”.
The inauguration of “Eko Gas,” a public-private initiative to encourage the use of cooking gas came only months after a similar project was inaugurated in Surulere.
Fashola, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said that Nigeria was still ranked the lowest in per capital consumption of gas, despite being rated its largest producer in Africa.
Fashola said that the government recognised the environmental and negative impact that kerosene and firewood posed to the environment and people, in terms of emission.
Said the governor: “We also recognise the immense potential of the country’s gas resources.
“It is only right that we devise a means to apply the existing solution to our existing problems, meaning that this gas can be used to provide electricity for our country,” he said.
Fashola also said that the state government was working tirelessly to strengthen its gas infrastructure to drive development to the power sector.
“This will also ensure that residents can make a shift to using gas as a choice for cooking. A large percentage of households in Nigeria still uses kerosene and firewood for cooking,” he said.
“And these two, which are not only major sources of emission, may, in the long run, be more expensive than LPG,” Fashola said.
Earlier, Mr. Taofeek Tijani, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, said the initiative would bridge the gap between the poor and the rich.
“Average residents perceive the use of cooking gas as the preserve of the affluent,” Tijani said.
The commissioner said that the initiative had been designed to make the product available and affordable for residents from N100 and above.