Nigeria has been unable to deepen the penetration and utilization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country despite theoretically being in a position to produce sufficient LPG to meet local demand.

Although LPG is a safer and more environmentally friendly fuel for cooking food compared to kerosene and charcoal, many Nigerian homes, particularly in the rural areas, still do not have access to this energy source for a variety of reasons ranging from distribution and storage infrastructure deficits to high cost, insecurity and logistic bottlenecks.

Recently, the price of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas jumped to over N5,000 in some parts of Lagos, drawing bitter complaints from domestic consumers who watch helplessly as inflation and other economic realities deal diminishing blows to their purchasing power.

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