Firewood, Kerosene Claim 95,000 Yearly …DPR Seeks Greater Patronage For Gas

More than 95,000 women and children die yearly in Nigeria from dangers posed by the use of firewood and kerosene for domestic services at homes.

This statistics were given by the department of petroleum resources (DPR) during its 2020 technical workshop organized for LPG Depot Operators, Refilling Plants and retailers in Petroleum.

The workshop was titled; Safe Handling – A sureway to major stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, women groups and the general public.

Eng. Saki Anwalu who spoke at the event, said firewood and kerosene had been responsible for most fire disasters that have occurred in most homes in Nigeria.

According to him, the use of firewood and kerosene cause more harm to health and the environment because of the enormous amount of fumes they generate to the atmosphere.

He said the DPR is determined to change the game with the view to create socio-economic healthy, safety and environmental benefit for the public.

Also speaking, zonal controller, DPR Rivers State, Dr. Bassey Nkanga said the workshop was organized to enlighten members of the public on the need to patronize the use of gas and to adhere to safety precautions in the use of gas.

The controller emphasized that the use of gas great advantage over the use of firewood and kerosene.

Nkanga equally urged the public to invest in the business of Liquidfied Petroleum Gas saying that the DPR has significantly simplified the process of obtaining business for retail dealers of LPG products and will not condone unethical practices by dealers.

He said the Nigerian Liquefied National Gas (NLNG) has made the distribution of gas more accessible to dealers and end users by establishing depots in Port Harcourt and Warri, adding that dealers no longer have to go to Lagos to obtain the product.

He also explained that the Federal Government, has in a bid to promote the Local use of gas remove Value Added Tax (VAT) on gas.

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