Lagos State House of Assembly has pledged its support to gradually eradicate the use of kerosine in the state for cooking gas that would be affordable to refill through a yet to be disclosed oil and gas company. Chairman, House Committee on Energy, Lanre Ogunyemi expressed this during the visit of a delegation of Oando Plc to introduce the use of gas for domestic cooking.
The Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc, Yomi Olubokun, who led the delegation said that the smoke being generated by kerosene while burning is one of the causes of death of Nigerians through pollution on yearly basis. He therefore solicited for enabling laws to back up the initiative by banning the use of firewood and kerosene in schools and hospitals as well as sustain the campaign of the product by the lawmakers in their constituents.
Responding, the House Committee Chairman said, “I do not think this will be a difficult task in Lagos. We can inform our constituencies about it through our town hall meetings.” Other members of the committee, Segun Olulade and Bisi Yusuff, were of the opinion that more public enlightenment should be carried out to allay the phobia of people over the use of gas.
Hon. Suuru Avoseh and Ibrahim Layode expressed delight over the multipurpose use of the 3 kilogram cylinder for lamp, barbecue and other cooking services. They, however, expressed fear over the initial amount of N6,800 for the cylinder stove and gas content due to the poverty level of some constituents.