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Cooking Gas Consumers Will No Longer Own Cylinders – FG

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A policy which would remove the ownership of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders from its consumers is currently being drafted by the Federal Government.

The Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who was represented on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ forum by Mrs. Brenda Ataga, said that the policy would see to it that the ownership of the cylinders rests strictly with the dealers and distributors.

Also, she added that this was part of a strategy to deepen the penetration of the LPG and address issues of safety.

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Brenda Ataga revealed that the Federal Government had reached an agreement with 2 original cylinder manufacturers to deliver 600,000 cylinders to the LPG distributors on credit, with a pre-payment period of 18 months.

In addition, she noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria would commence the clampdown of illegal roadside Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dealers in the next couple of days and would direct all skid operators of LPG to convert their outlets immediately into micro distribution centers before the enforcement begins.

“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.

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.

Your customers pay for only the content, while you own the cylinders and control the management of those 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 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. Our plan with LPG is to create about 500,000 jobs,” she added

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