By Yemie Adeoye
OANDO MarketingÂ Â Limited, OML, a subsidiary of Nigeriaâ€™s energy giant, Oando PLC, has recorded a landmark achievement with the signing of an operating agreement with Banner Gas, an engineering, construction and maintenance company with expertise in gas storage facilities for the installation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG filling plants at Oando service stations nationwide.
This was contained in a statement issued on behalf of the company by its Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Meka Olowola and made available to Vanguard in Lagos during the week.
According to him, this first- of-its-kind initiative involves the installation of LPG dispensing pumps which will enable on-the-spot dispensing of LPG using a pump meter into the customersâ€™ cylinders as well as the instant collection of the productÂ from the station of purchase.
â€œThe gas dispensing pump is equipped with modern day technology which enables it to fill gas cylinders of different types and specifications, ensuring no customer is exempted from enjoying the benefits of this initiative.
The key benefits of this initiative to customers include the availability of the product at designated Oando service stations close to the customers, competitive pricing, simply within the customers’ means, customers would also have the choice of buying as much as they can afford at a time depending on cash available and not cylinder size, another benefit of this laudable innovation is that the equipment is kitted with a meter to give customers precise measure and value for money, customers would also enjoy free cylinder checks and service on purchase even as we confirm that all Oando products and services meet safety standards and regulations.â€
The statement further read that the deployment plan is in a phased approach with phase 1 scheduled for June at selected Oando service stations in Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna, while subsequent phases are scheduled for later part of the year.
â€œWith this initiative, Oando Marketing is bringing respite to Nigerian LPG users, gas customers who up until now have had to live with several challenges associated with gas purchase.â€
Commenting, Mr. Michael Oshai, Head Marketing, Oando Marketing said â€œOur commitment is to give existing and prospective LPG customers a convenient, safe means of gas dispensing, at the customers purchasing powerÂ while they still get to keep their cylinders. With this innovation, we have not only succeeded in achieving that but also guaranteed refill of gas cylinders of various types and specification with this equipmentâ€.
Also commenting on the initiative Lara Banjoko, Chief Operating officer, Oando Marketing said â€˜â€™The Oando brand is known for innovation and pacesetting in the Oil and gas industry. This project is a clear demonstration of our commitment to go the extra mile in introducing innovative products and services which are of great value and deliver true benefits to our customers. We are proud to premiere this technology in Sub_saharan Africa with a competent partner, Banner Gas and most importantly demonstrate the customer-centric nature of our organizationâ€.
Oando Marketing is the leading oil marketing retailer with over 500 retail outlets and numerous commercial customers cutting across the different geographical zones in Nigeria and operations in Ghana , Togo , Liberia and Republic of Benin . This leading position further reinforced by this innovation which is the first of its kind to be introduced at retail service stations in Nigeria .