Despite the huge gas deposit in the country, particularly the Niger Delta region, Nigeria still ranks one of the lowest Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consuming nations in the sub-Sahara Africa.
Statistics shows that the consumption rate of LPG in the country is about 600 metric tonnes per annum with per capita of about 2KG which is far lower compared to other African countries like Ghana with 4.3KG and Sierra Leone about 9KG.
Similarly, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), about 66 per cent of domestic and industrial energy consumers still rely on firewood, which has contributed negatively to deforestation and by implication, global climate change.
It is against this backdrop that stakeholders in the LPG sub-sector and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) converged on Warri, last week, to brainstorm on the inherent challenges and chart a way forward at an event tagged, “2018 DPR/LPG Marketers Stakeholders Forum.”
In his opening remark, Mr Asuquo Antai, the Operations Controller, DPR, Warri Zonal Office, said a lot of people did not use the cooking fuel (LPG) because of the high risk associated with its usage, noting that it was easier and safer to harbour gas than electricity which, virtually, about 80 per cent of Nigerians are comfortable with. Read more