Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is to partner with potential investors to address challenges around accessibility to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
The move is in line with efforts of government to accelerate and deepen domestic gas utilization. Under the ongoing discussion, the NCDMB is looking at initiatives around bulk storage depots and establishment of LPG cylinders manufacturing companies including provision of support for re-opening of moribund ones.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote regretted that the current level of LPG penetration in the country was still very low, at roughly 1kg per capita consumption compared to Ghana at 4.7kg, Senegal at 9kg, and Egypt at 85kg.
Wabote was of the view that an in-country facility had an installed capacity for the production of one million 12.5kg LPG cylinders per annum and 400 gas cookers daily and could provide 1000 jobs at full capacity, yet it was shut down, leading to a deluge of imported cylinders and accessories. “We will play our part to reverse this trend,” he promised.
However, some local operators have also been making efforts to complete the Monitoring Board to ensure that cooking gas transcends the country especially rural areas.