The Federal Government says it had no immediate plan to ban the importation of gas cylinders as part of its LPG expansion and implementation plan.
Dayo Adesina, Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Gas in the office of the Vice-President, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that the government was working on first building local capacities before contemplating a ban.
According to Adesina, who is also the Programme Manager of the National LPG Expansion and Implementation, Nigeria still has a lot of cylinder deficits to fill in meeting the LPG expansion plan.
He explained that the plan was to get LPG to the remotest of villages and discourage use of firewood and other fuels that are inimical to the environment.
Adesina said that of the nation’s over 200 million population, there were only about two million gas cylinders, which he said, was poor compared to other countries.
He pointed out that Brazil, with a population similar to Nigeria, has a cylinder population of 150 million and an additional five million injected annually.
He said that for India, the cylinder population was over 100 million while Mexico had a cylinder population of almost 100 million.
He said that the government needed to move quickly to inject cylinders nationwide if it must keep its commitment to reducing emission.
Adesina, however, stressed that banning importation now would not be a solution but that Nigeria should rather build local capacity gradually until the nation can become self-sufficient in cylinder production.