By Dennis Udoma, Uyo
Despite being the highest oil and gas producing state in the country, Akwa Ibom is ranked lowest in the use of cooking gas.
Statistics available to the Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM), revealed that, out of 6 million population in the state, only abysmal percentage of 11, 000 MT was being consumed by the resident in the state as at 2017.
President of the association, Mr Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor made the disclosure during their Annual General Meeting (AGM), of the association held in Uyo on Thursday.
He said, because of this the body was seeking Akwa Ibom Government support in deepening enlightenment on the use of gas for cooking in the state.
Mr Ogieva-Okunbor noted that, Akwa Ibom was ranked the highest oil and gas producing state in the country but, the use of cooking gas by the residents was poor.
He maintained that, it was in the light of the abysmal statistics that, the meeting was brought to the state, as a deliberate measure of gas marketers to sensitize the citizenry on safety and the use cooking gas.
According to him, “available statistics show that, LPG consumption in Akwa Ibom State is just 11, 000 MT as at 2017 For a state which is the highest oil and gas producer in the country with a population of over 6, 000, 000 people, goes to show abysmal consumption level of LPG.
“The choice of Uyo as the venue for the association’s 2019 AGM, is borne out of the contributions of the association to ensure that, the message on the use of LPG is taken to every nook and cranny of the country’’.
Ogieva-Okunbor said, N5 million worth of gas cylinders were distributed free to gas consumers in the state during the annual general meeting, to deepen awareness as well as giving back to the society.
He said that out of the 300 gas cylinders with burners that would be distributed, 100 gas cylinders would be given to Governor’s wife, Martha through her pet project, FeYREP for onward distribution to the less privileged.
He noted that, cooking gas was the cheapest and safest energy in the country, as Nigeria has the best of gas in the world but, however, expressed worry over the increasing challenges of multiple taxation by government agencies in the state.
Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Mr Ekong Sampson commended them for bringing the AGM to the state, and assured the state government’s collaboration with the body to create awareness on the use of LPG in the state.
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Glory Edet received 100 pieces of gas cylinders, on behalf of wife of the Governor and, assured taking the enlightenment on the use of gas to the grassroots.