The State Commissioner for Energy stated this on Friday.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofeeq Tijani, on Friday said that the state government planned to convert about one million households in Lagos to cooking gas users.
Mr. Tijani told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on telephone that this would be achieved in the next five years.
He said that the essence of the newly inaugurated “Eko Gas’’ was to encourage utilisation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly known as cooking gas.
According to him, the state is focused on promoting greater usage of cooking gas for convenience, cost and safety through excellent gas supply services and development of innovative gas products.
“The essence of the project is to ensure that cooking gas is brought to the door step of all residents of Lagos, especially the low income group at affordable prices.
“‘Eko Gas” would be targeted at the low income group that relies on kerosene because of the erroneous impression that LPG is more expensive.
On safety concerns being raised frequently by potential users of cooking gas, Mr. Tijani said that the cylinder was designed and fabricated with distinguishing qualities of safety, affordability, portability and environmental friendliness in mind.
The commissioner, however, said that the major barrier to increased utilisation of cooking gas in the state was the high initial cost for the purchase of the cylinder and accessories.
“This administration in consideration of this has decided to encourage Lagosians, particularly those in the lowest income bracket of our society, to adopt the use of this fuel.
“This administration is providing financial assistance through the Lagos State Microfinance Institution (LASMI),” he said.
About 20 per cent of the cost of cylinder would be eased by the government in order to encourage Lagosians to use LPG.