9 February 2013

Nigeria: Techno Oil Introduces Gas Stoves to Discourage Firewood Usage

An oil and gas firm, Techno Oil Ltd., has introduced gas stoves, in a bid to promote the Federal Government's drive to discourage use of firewood by Nigerian households.

The company introduced the product as part of the "Going Green Revolution" policy, which it formulated years ago to promote preservation of the environment.

The Managing Director of Techno Oil, Mr Tony Onyeama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that the company introduced the stoves in line with the policy drive of the government to encourage use of cooking gas in households.

"We identify and align with the policy drive of government to increase the use of cooking gas among a significant proportion of the populace within the next four years," he stated.

Onyeama said the new stoves would be presented to the public at an event, slated for Oyingbo Market in Lagos on Feb. 21, explaining that the presentation would give the public, especially low-income earners, an opportunity to purchase the product.

The managing director said that the product was manufactured with distinguishing features, including safety, hygiene, affordability and portability.

"Techno Oil has distributed well over 20,000 units of 3kg, 5kg, 6kg and 12.5kg gas cylinders to Nigerian households at affordable prices," he said.

Onyeama said that Techno Oil had been championing the shift from kerosene to cooking gas among Nigerian households.

"Motivated by our commitment to the environment, Techno Oil has actively promoted and been in the forefront of attitudinal change from fuels to cleaner energy such as cooking gas," he stated.

The managing director said the company had invested huge sums of money to provide gas cylinders and accessories for the new product.

He said that Techno Oil had also entered an agreement with an Asian company for the manufacturing of the stoves, to ensure availability of the product nationwide.

"Today, there is a great dependency on kerosene by both the middle and low-income groups in Nigeria but despite the huge amount spent by government to subsidise the product, kerosine remains scarce and unavailable in many homes in the country.

Onyeama lamented the low consumption level of cooking gas by Nigerians, saying that "usage of cooking gas in Nigeria stands at 0.5kg per capita, compared to 3kg per capita in Ghana, 1.9kg in Cameroon, 5.5kg in South Africa and 44.4kg in Morocco".

He pointed out that using firewood for cooking always posed potential risks of chronic allergies, conjunctivitis and lung cancer.

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