The Federal Government recently stated that Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumers won’t be allowed to own gas cylinders anymore as cylinders will become the property of the gas companies.
In a policy made on Tuesday at the stakeholders’ forum on LPG penetration in Abuja, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said the policy will ensure the ownership of cylinders lies with the dealers and distributors.
Why this is necessary: According to reports from Punch, Kachikwu said that this was part of the strategy to deepen the penetration of LPG, also known as cooking gas and address issues of safety.
He continued that the Federal Government already reached an agreement with some cylinders manufacturers to give about 600,000 cylinders to LPG distributors on credit, which they would pay back within 18 months.
What this means for roadside retailers: Furthermore, the minister stated that the Federal Government would in the next couple of days commence the clampdown of illegal roadside LPG dealers, while he directed all skid operators of LPG to immediately convert their outlets to micro distribution centres before the enforcement begins.