CEM REPORT | The Lagos Chamber of the Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has begun the second phase of its pilot scheme awareness programme on the benefits of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) across five locations in Lagos.
The event tagged: #EkoforGasforEko would hold for five Fridays in Ikorodu, Agboyi Ketu, Igando Ikotun, Agbado Oke Odo and Lagos Island zone, respectively.
The sensitisation program organised by the LCCI Liquefied Petroleum Gas Group and Community Development Committee (CDC), took off at the Sabo Market, Ikorodu, and saw the distribution of 15 cylinders and industrial burners to participants.
LCCI President, Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, according to News Agency of Nigeria said the programme was designed to intensify awareness on the benefits of using LPG as alternatives to biomass (charcoal, firewood) and kerosene.
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He adding that usage of biomass and other dirty fuels led to harmful, destructive outcomes and diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, breathing problems, lung cancer, and asthma, among others.
He said the move was in line with the chamber’s mandate to promote conducive business environment, and with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
“Continuous use of dirty fuels could lead to premature deaths, increased childhood and adult illnesses and strain on the healthcare system.
“The smoke and pollution released when we burn kerosene is also damaging to the environment.
“Burning biomass and kerosene release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which cause climate change; these existential problems to the entire human race is the rationale for adoption of cleaner energy like LPG,”
Olawale-Cole noted that in spite of the advantages of LPG over other energy options, transition remains very low in Nigeria and especially Lagos State.
He said, this drove the need for sensitisation programme, as contribution to the transition process which is critical to eliminate attitudinal barriers and socioeconomic misgivings about LPG.
“Though all energy sources will release carbon dioxide, when compared to oil, LPG only releases 81 per cent of the carbon dioxide that oil does and compared to coal, LPG only releases 70 per cent of the carbon dioxide,”
State Chairman, CDC, Alhaji Amusat Azeez, encouraged women to begin transition to better cooking sources such as gas due to its more economical, healthier and faster benefits while emphasing the dangers of using coal, firewood and kerosene stove on overall health and the environment.
Alhaja Taofikat Allison, Iya Oloja, Ayangburen, Ikorodu market, lauded the initiative and urged the beneficiaries on its proper usage to encourage more initiatives like this in a follow up scheme.