By Abimbola Joseph
CITIZENS COMPASS —Mr Wasiu Ayodeji Adesina, Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Lagos State, has distributed 1,000 gas cylinders to vulnerable families in the area.
The distribution took place on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at the Counvil secretariat.
While distributing the 3kg cylinders, he adivised residents to move away from the traditional way of using wood and charcoal to cook and embrace the use of cooking gas
The Citizens Compass reports that the distribution was done in partnership with a Non Governmental Organisation(NGO), Smart Gas Nigeria.
The chairman said that the use of cooking gas was a practical step towards conviniency, healthier and safer environment.
“It will also help reduce health risks associated with smoke inhalation, minimise carbon emmission and curb deforestation.
“As the chairman, It is my responsibility to heed to the voice of our community and recognise their need to bring smiles to our people.
“My administration have collaborated with Smart gas to provide home cooking gas cylinder as a palliative measure to cushion the impact of subsidy removal,” he said.
Dr Yinka Opeke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smart gas Nigeria said their focus was to ensure that most families embrase the use of cooking gas in the country.
“This will help meet tto reduce carbon monoxide emission,” she said.
According to her, the NGO adopted a strategy to partner with organisations and local governments to provides the gas cylinder to people for free and the target audience were the vulnerables in the society.
Opeke, noted that after series of research, it was discovered that people who used firewood to cook were incapacitated financially to get gas cylinder due to its cost.
“One of our strategy is to give them the gas cylinder for free, even if it 1kg so that they will be able to buy the gas.
“When we approached the Ikorodu council chairman, he was magnanimous and decided to give 1000 gas cylinder to vulnerable households in Ikorodu,” she said.
Mrs Rukayat Shonubi, a beneficiary commended the council chairman for his kind gesture.
She hoped that those who also got the gas cylinders would not sell theirs, but use it to the benefits of their families