Lagos - Nigerians consumed a paltry 30 percent or 250 000 tonnes out of the whopping 850 000 tonnes of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) reserved for domestic use in 2013.
This translates to a meagre consumption figure of 1.8kg per capita, compared to the West African regional average of 3.5kg.
Managing Director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Haruna Momoh, who made the disclosure said the figure had placed Nigeria among the lowest LPG consuming nations in Africa.
“There is an urgent need to reverse this trend and join the rest of the world in maximising the benefits of this abundant resource.”
The PPMC chief said there was urgent need for action to stimulate LPG use, suggesting that Nigeria could adopt the ``Indonesian Model’’ to popularise LPG.
He said that billions of revenue could be saved by Nigeria if the populace embraced LPG, rather than relying on wood and kerosene for cooking.
Momoh noted that resources spent on kerosene subsidy, could be put into more productive areas, such as infrastructure development, education, health and agriculture for the welfare of citizens.
He lamented, however, that some problems, including high cost of cylinders, low public awareness, poor infrastructure, kerosene subsidy and a lack of investment in the value-chain had continued to make many Nigerians not to embrace LPG.
The managing director, therefore, called on stakeholders in the downstream to join forces with government to pursue the vision of deepening the use of LPG.
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