Women in LPG, Nigerian chapter, has said it will support the Federal Government’s in making about 40 million homes in Nigeria to embrace Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly known as cooking gas, before 2030.
In a communiqué released after the inauguration of the group in Lagos, the WINLPG said it was working to get millions of Nigerian households to discontinue the use of firewood and kerosene in the near future.
The Coordinator, WINLPG in Nigeria, Mrs. Nkechi Obi, who assured President Muhammadu Buhari of the group’s support, was quoted as saying, “We envisage that more households in Nigeria will embrace the 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 the LPG. We are together in this journey and we assure you that Nigeria will get to the Promised Land in the near future.”
Obi, who is also the executive vice-chair of Techno Oil Limited, estimated that about seven in every 10 households in Nigeria were using either firewood or kerosene for cooking.
She described smoke from firewood as the third biggest cause of death in Nigeria 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 said.
Obi said the WINLPG would engage individuals, groups, private and public sector organisations to facilitate the transition of millions of people from cooking with firewood and kerosene to cooking gas.
“This is a task that must be accomplished. More so, now that President Buhari has drawn the road map and endorsed our initiative,” Obi said.