The federal government says it will open up micro gas distribution channels across all local governments Areas to encourage the use of Liuified Petroleum Gas, LPG amongst rural women and reduce the impact of climate change.
The Minister of state for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, made this known on Abuja at the official launch of the Nigerian Women for Liquified Petroleum Gas, (LPG), organised by the National Centre for Women’s Development in partnership with Zigma Gas limited and the federal ministry of petroleum resources.
Mr. Sylver, Represented by his senior special assistant on LPG, Mrs Brenda Ataga,observed that gas was a healthy alternative to firewood as fuel for cooking because it was a clean source of energy that reduced greenhouse emissions.
“the ministry is targeting to ameliorate the energy challenge in Nigeria and clean cooking gas is key in this regard because 70 percent gregreenhouse emissions are caused by deforestation.
This LPG project will enable us to empower rural women to use a more cleaner source of energy for cooking.” He said
Speaking on the need for women to take this opportunity and get into the oil and Gas industry, Director General of the National Centre for Women Development, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta said that 99 million women across households in all the Local Government Areas, (LGAs), in the country, will benefit from theproject once it takes off within three years.
“This partnership will be of benefit to Nigerian women and youth as it will support the effort of the Federal government in achieving its 2023 sustainable energy targets.”
The United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, observed that the LPG project had presented a window of opportunity for Nigerian women to make impact in the oil industry.
According him,”available statistics suggests that there are fewer women working in the oil, gas and energy value chain than almost any other major industry and they also account for less than one quarter of employees in the sector world wide.”
He further called on the government and other relevant actors in the sector to drive non-discriminatory employment practices, increase access to capacity building and engage women in community consultation and decisions for their active participation in the sector.
President and Chief Executive Officer, of Zigma Gas limited, Dr. Funmi Ogbue, represented by Mr. Adeshina Olaitan explained that the distribution channels would opened up more than 700, 000 jobs for Nigerians especially women