By Emmanuel Aziken
Abuja â€” The Senate is set to revolutionise utilisation of cooking gas among rural dwellers and low income urban dwellers through the annual production of 500,000 low capacity 3kg gas cylinders at reasonable prices.
The scheme to introduce more potable gas cylinders alongside millions of the standard 12.5kg cylinders is part of the scheme of the Senate Committee on Gas to lift Nigeriaâ€™s poor utilisation of cooking gas despite its wide availability.
Briefing Senate correspondents yesterday, Senator Osita Izunaso, Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, said the committee was taking the innovative step of identifying constraints which had until now hindered utilisation of cooking gas in the country.
Izunaso, who was flanked by committee members including Senators Tawar Wada (PDP, Gombe South), Kabiru Jibril (PDP, Kaduna Central) and George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers), announcedÂ Â the committeeâ€™s plans for a gas summit to articulate the issues.
He said, â€œThe Committee has decided to have a critical review of how best the natural gas resource the country is endowed with can be tapped into for the benefit of the people, at the same time saving the government the foreign exchange expended on importing kerosene.
â€œThe core thrust of this summit is to identify the challenges militating against the use of LPG among our urban and rural communities; to identify LPG equipment that is affordable and accessible to the rural communities in Nigeria; to locate the appropriate supply and price mechanism that will encourage the use of LPG among our rural dwellers and to promote the usage of LPG as an alternative source for cooking.â€