The Federal Government is coming up with a policy that will remove the ownership of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) cylinders from consumers.
It stated that the move would help deepen the use of LPG , popularly known as cooking gas, adding that the government had reached an agreement with two original cylinder manufacturers to deliver 600 , 000 cylinders to LPG distributors on credit, with a pre – payment period of 18 months .
Speaking at a stakeholders ’ forum on LPG penetration in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Technical Assistant to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Downstream and Infrastructure , Brenda Ataga , noted that the planned policy on gas cylinders would require that the ownership of the facility “ rests strictly on the dealers and distributors. ”
She noted that aside from deepening the penetration and usage of LPG across the country, the policy would also address issues of safety .
She said the Federal Government would soon commence a clampdown on illegal roadside LPG dealers and urged operators to immediately convert their outlets to micro distribution centres before the beginning of the enforcement.
“ The MDCs will essentially create and introduce into the market what we call the cylinder exchange programme , whereby the cylinders are owned by the distributors, ” Ataga said .
She told operators, “ There is no need for you to decant for anybody that comes in , and that eliminates illegal risks as well . You would fill them at the refill plants that would be tied to you and exchange it with your customers because you know your customers already.
“ Your customers pay for only the content , while you own the cylinders and control the management of those cylinders. ”
Providing reasons for the policy , Ataga said , “ It is for us to be able to , at any point in time , discern and discover cylinders that are bad , cylinders that need recertification and cylinders that need to be removed from circulation.
“We put that onus on distributors going forward , to support the safe and standard method of selling LPG.
I tell you today that Nigeria is the only country in West Africa that does not practice the re -circulation model.
Everyone has moved away from this because again, most of the population cannot afford cylinders; so , you have to remove that cost from them . ”