The FG has systematically brought down the importation of house hold kerosene in a bid to increase domestic of liquefied petroleum gas various homes across the country and analysis of the latest report on petroleum products imports statistics released by the national bureau of statistics showed that the volume of HHK imported into Nigeria between may and September this year dropped by 51.894 million litres.
A further analysis of the report showed that the country recorded a reduction of N6.369bn in the amount spent on kerosene importation during the review period, in May this year a total of N10.61bn was spent on kerosene importation, while the figure reduced to N4.25bn in September. The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had both joined in the increased use of cooking gas as opposed to kerosene, both organizations recently stated that the gas sector had the potential to revolutionalize Nigeria’s fuel consumption, as they noted that a gas policy was being developed to address the country’s gas growth issues.
The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo recently stated that Nigeria spent $1bn as subsidy on kerosene in 2015 and stressed that this was because of the massive dependence on kerosene and firewood by millions of households in the country, he, however declared that the government had decided to unlock the domestic LPG value chain as this was one policy that the current administration was passionate about since Nigeria had one of the largest gas reserves in the world. Also, to deepen the LPG usage, the government recently constituted an inter-ministerial committee to expand the use of the LPG, chaired by Osinbajo. In the NBS report, which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, the bureau stated that a total volume of 86.031 million litres of kerosene was imported in May. The volume dropped to the 34.137 million litres in September.
Operators, however observed that despite the progress recorded in the domestic LPG sub-sector, there were still bottlenecks frustrating the full-fledged development of the market. The bottlenecks included dearth of investments in the LPG reception facilities and supply infrastructure; throughput challenges as well as fiscal regime and regulatory environment such as imposition of value added tax on the LPG produced in the country while the imported product was granted waiver. The volume was increased to 250,000MT in 2012, and from a pricing perspective, these efforts have helped to reduce the price of a 12.5kg cylinder by more than 50%.
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