Nigeria’s Federal government has said it would implement a policy to make sure that the ownership of gas cylinders is taken away from the consumers
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu during a stakeholders meeting on LPG penetration on Tuesday in Abuja.
The policy would thereby require that the ownership of the gas cylinders belongs to the dealers and distributors.
Kachikwu added that this was part of the plan to deepen the penetration of LPG, which is widely known as cooking gas.
The Minister was represented by his senior technical assistant, Brenda Ataga.
In his words “The MDCs would essentially create and introduce into the market what we call the cylinder exchange program, whereby the cylinders would be owned by the distributors.
“There is no need for you to decant for anybody, and that eliminates illegal risks as well.
“You would fill it at the refill plant and that would be tied to you and exchange it with your customers because you know your customers already.
“Your customers pay for the content, while you own the cylinders and control the management of the cylinders.
“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 in circulation.
“We put that the Onus on distributors, to support the safe and standard way of selling LPG.
“I tell you today that Nigeria is the only country in West Africa that does not support the re-circulation model.
“Everyone has moved away from this because again not all the population can afford cylinders.
“So, you have to remove that cost from them”, he said in conclusion #.