The National Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers decries the incidence of double taxation in the country.
The National Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, NALPGAM, has asked the Federal Government to initiate sustainable polices that would promote the use of gas for domestic purposes in the country.
The National President of NALPGAM, Basil Ogbuanu, said the absence of government policy to promote domestic gas usage was hindering the growth of the sector in the country.
Other factors against the growth of the domestic gas usage, especially in cooking, included the dearth of cylinders for the storage of the commodity, which is considered environment-friendly.
He said a situation where only 15 million gas cylinders were available in a country with a population of over 167 million people was an impediment to the use of domestic gas as cooking fuel.
Mr. Ogbuanu said the problem of lack of gas cylinders would soon be over as a cylinder manufacturing firm located at the Berger area of Lagos, had commenced production.
Expected to generate more funds for the development of the economy, Mr. Ogbuanu said the gas marketers association had had given its members one year period of grace to upgrade their gas dispensing facilities as part of efforts to bring gas to the doorsteps of consumers nationwide.
“Before now, cylinders in different sizes were very scarce, but now they are readily available in five kilogramme and six kilogramme.
He attributed the surge in gas usage to massive investment in gas projects by Nigerians, adding that the Nigeria LNG Limited had increased the price of the product for end users.
Mr. Ogbuanu decried the incidence of double taxation and the incessant harassment of the association’s members by officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, for payment of tax and value added tax.
He noted that this had continued in spite of the tax exemption granted them by the Federal Government during the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mr. Ogbuanu argued that government is supposed to be continuous, providing goods and services as well as relief to the greatest number of people.
He said that the deployment of unskilled people to plants and people who were not permitted to build gas plants were other threats to the sector.
Mr. Ogbuani added that this could cause industrial accident that might have negative impact on both the people and the environment if not addressed by the government.
The NALPGAM boss advised the Federal Government to stop subsidising the consumption of petroleum products in the country, especially petrol and kerosene because of the increasing dwindling revenue.