Abuja – The NNPC has called on Nigerians to embrace the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic fuel for cooking, saying that it is cleaner and safer.
Mr Andrew Yakubu, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the corporation, made the call in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop on Health, Safety and Environment for its retail operators.
Represented by Mr Peter Nmadu, the Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Yakubu said the use of gas would mitigate forest depletion.
According to him, the NNPC plans to begin the retail of LPG and lubricants in its 450 mega and affiliate stations by mid 2013 so as to ensure guaranteed quality and pricing.
He stressed the need for all its retail outlets and owners of affiliate stations to maintain high safety standards in line with international best practices.
“We have a firm interest to ensure that our operation did not harm anybody.
“We are committed to doing all within our powers to make sure that our health, safety and environment is up to speed and in conformity with international best practices,’’ he said.
He enjoined the retail outlet owners to encourage their tanker drivers to imbibe healthy lifestyle and keep to safety regulations while transporting petroleum products across the country to eliminate avoidable accidents.
Yakubu said that the workshop was aimed at sensitising the owners of the outlets on the need to uphold best safety culture.
He said that the NNPC brand represented high quality and high standards in terms of health, safety and environment practices.
“For us in the NNPC, the logo of the NNPC Retail has become something of pride because it has become something to be recognised by Nigerians as a brand known for its quality and standard.’’
Alhaji Umar Bello, the Managing Director, NNPC Retail, said the department was established to ensure availability of unadulterated petroleum products.
He implored owners of retail filling stations to ensure safety of staff, customers and the general public in all their operations. (NAN)