The Lagos State Government said it will soon introduce gas reticulation system in residential estate as a way of achieving greater use of LPG (cooking gas) in the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mrs. Regina Iyabo Obasa made the revelation during a courtesy visit to Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Ikoyi.
He said the pilot scheme had already started in the new estates under construction such as in Ilubirin foreshore, Ijora and iponri with gas pipes installed for domestic use.
She explained that with gas reticulation system, individuals need not purchase conventional gas cylinders as each apartment in the estates will have gas supply from a centralize skid plant located within the estate, which in itself is a safety measure.
She said the energy ministry plans to install more gas skid plants in Alimosho, Epe, Lagos Island and Badagry area before the end of this year to make cooking gas (LPG) readily available to residents. She said the State Government introduced Eko Gas Scheme as a choice for Lagosians in order to reduce carbon emission from the use of firewood and kerosene.
She solicited cooperation of the broadcast outfit to inform and enlighten residents of the state and beyond on activities of the ministry created just three years ago by the Fashola administration.
She called for collaboration with FRCN in propagating investment opportunity that abound in Lagos especially in the oil, gas, energy and solid mineral sectors of the State Economy.
Responding, the Director, Lagos Operation, Mr. Ike Okeke thanked the Ministry for the visit which he said was timely because he had already drawn up plans aimed at bridging perceived gap between the FRCN and State Government Agencies.
He noted that people should not see FRCN Stations operating in Lagos as mouth piece of the Federal Government but as a public service broadcast stations established to serve the residents of Lagos and its adjoining communities.
He said the FRCN with four brand stations, Bond FM, Metro FM, Radio Nigeria One and Radio Nigeria Network are ready to partner with State Government Agencies to create favourable domestic investment climate and awareness for all the state government people oriented programmes and policies.
He advised the ministry to take advantage of its large listenership and leverage on its network services to reach over 70million people at a go.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of gas cylinders to FRCN management staff and the setting up of a six man committee comprising three members each from both agencies to provide a roadmap on best possible areas of collaboration.