Techno Oil has introduced new gas stoves targeted at low income earners, under its “Going Green Initiative.” The programme is aimed at creating cleaner, healthier and safer environment in Nigeria.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Tony Onyeama, while addressing newsmen at a pre-launch press conference in Lagos, said, ‘We identify and align with the policy drive of the Lagos State Government to increase the use of cooking gas among a significant proportion of the populace within the next four years.”
Onyeama said that the TechnoGas stoves are to be formally launched at a public event, slated for the popular Oyingbo Market on the Mainland Local Government on Thursday, February 21, to give the low income earners, an opportunity to purchase the new product.
He explained that the product is designed and fabricated with distinguishing qualities such as safety, affordability, portability and environmentally friendly.
‘‘Techno Oil has distributed well over 20,000 units of 3kg, 5kg, 6kg and 12.5kg gas cylinders to Nigerian households at discounted and affordable prices’ he stated, adding: ‘This project has received commendations from consumers and operators in the petroleum industry,’’ he added.
He said further, “Motivated by our commitment to the environment, Techno Oil has actively promoted, and has been in the forefront of attitudinal change from fuels to cleaner energy such as gas.”
The Techno boss said the company has invested a huge amount of money to provide the gas cylinders and accessories for the stoves, adding that Techno Oil has entered into an agreement with an Asian company for the manufacture of the gas stoves to ensure sustainable supplies of the product.
Onyeama however decried the low consumption level of cooking gas by Nigerians, saying that the usage of cooking gas in Nigeria stands at 0.5kg per capita, compared to 3kg per capita in Ghana, 1.9kg in Cameroon, 5.5kg in South Africa and 44.4kg in Morocco.
“Today, there is great dependency on kerosene by both the middle and low-income groups in Nigeria, despite the huge amount of reserved in a bid to subsidise the product to Nigerians. Yet kerosene remains scarce and unavailable in many homes in the country.”