Nigerian government is creating micro-distribution centers where users of cooking gas would access the commodity at affordable rates and rent cylinders.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, disclosed these in Abuja, adding that the downstream oil sector had been deregulated.

The Minister said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other oil marketers would start installing Compressed Natural Gas pumps at filling stations in order to make Nigerians shift from the use of petrol to the CNG in automobiles.

Sylva said government was trying to direct Nigerians from the use of kerosene to cooking gas, which was why it had started rolling out measures to achieve this target.

He said, “Today the reason why people cannot really use gas or why the penetration is low is because the initial capital outlay in using gas is quite high to the ordinary man.

“So what we are doing is to try and see how people can have access without necessarily investing all that money upfront.”

He added, “With this we believe that gas will now begin to compete with other cooking fuels, because today the advantage that kerosene has over gas is that if you don’t have the money to buy a litre of kerosene, you can buy a bottle or half a bottle.

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