Oando Marketing at the weekend said over 112 million Nigerians still rely on unwholesome fuel for cooking as it championed the switch from this unhealthy fuel use to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country.
The company which commenced free delivery on orders of its 50kg cylinders said in a statement that it was targeting more Nigeria for project.
“It is estimated that over 112 million Nigerians still cook with unwholesome cooking fuels estimated to be the cause of many health and environmental issues plaguing the country and the people, especially those in the rural areas.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 95,300 deaths occur in Nigeria annually as a result of diseases and complications that arise from smoke inhalation that occurs due to the usage of dirty cooking fuels,” the company said.
The 50kg cylinder is the company’s latest LPG offering, which joins the 3kg and 12.5kg cylinder types, as well as bulk order and Pay-As-U-Gas services.
This, according to Julius Elumaro, Head LPG Sales & Operation, Oando Marketing, is another way the company hopes to delight its customers, adding that “the 50kg cylinder is designed to meet the LPG demands of our industrial and commercial customers, as well as homes with large cooking gas requirements. We are constantly deploying new ways to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to access our products”.
He further explained that customers can order the product through its customer care unit, using the dedicated phone number or through the website.
To reduce the burden of cooking faced by low-income households, Oando Marketing extended its LPG offering with the introduction of the O-GAS 3kg cylinder, the objective of which Abayomi Awobokun, chief executive of the company said, “is to successfully switch up to five million households to cooking gas from Kerosene and other dirty fuels over the next 3-5 years. We believe this effort will not only improve the quality of life of millions of Nigerians, it will also create up to 36,000 jobs across the value chain. These jobs will be created in the area of retail, distribution and manpower development as the LPG value chain grows and develops.”The Oando O-GAS 3kg cooking stove is an integrated plug and play bundle that comes with a cylinder, burner platform and cooking gas. Refill is made easier using the company’s Pay-As-U-Gas service, where customers can have LPG dispensed directly into their cylinders, based on how much they can afford to buy.