The Nigeria chapter of Women in LPG (WINLPG) rose from its inaugural meeting in Lagos last Thursday, assuring President Muhammadu Buhari that some 100 million homes in Nigeria would embrace LPG before 2030. The Tide reports that LPG stands for Liquefied Pertoleum Gas. It is also called cooking gas.
In a communique after the meeting, the group told Buhari that the body was working to get millions of homes to discontinue using firewood and kerosene.
On Nov. 30, Buhari announced that the Federal Government was on course to making up to 40 million homes to embrace LPG in the next 24 months.
Nigeria has Africa’s largest reserve of natural gas after Algeria but most homes in the West African country still depend on firewood or kerosene for cooking.
The communique quotes the Coordinator of WINLPG, Mrs Nkechi Obi, as assuring Buhari that he will never walk alone in the resolve to make more homes to use LPG.
“We envisage that more homes in Nigeria will embrace LPG in the near future to promote better health for our womenfolk and boost growth and development.
“Mr President, we assure you that you will never walk alone in this bold initiative to make Nigerians to adopt LPG.
“We are together in this journey and we assure you that Nigeria will get to the Promised Land in cooking gas adoption in the near future.’’
Obi, who is also the Executive Vice-Chair of Techno Oil Ltd., estimated that about seven in every 10 households in Nigeria were using either firewood or kerosene.
She argued that smoke from firewood was contributing to up 95,000 deaths annually, making it the third biggest cause of death in Africa’s most populous nation after malaria and HIV/AIDS.
“Cooking should not cause death. Change must come to the kitchen. Clean cooking energy for all is not only possible but a right for our citizens,’’ she stated. Obi disclosed that WINLPG would engage individuals, groups, private and public sector organisations to facilitate the transition of millions of people from firewood and kerosene to cooking gas.
“This is a task that must be accomplished. More so, now that President Buhari has drawn the roadmap and endorsed our initiative,’’ the industrialist said. Among the women who featured at the WINLPG inauguration are the President of the Global Network of Women in LPG, Mrs Allison Abbott and the WINLPG Chair, Mrs Nikki Brown.
Others are the President of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, Dayo Adeshina and Dr. Ibukun Awosika, Chair of First Bank Plc., among other eminent people.