The Brong Ahafo version of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum’s free distribution of rural LPG promo was lunched at Derma in the Tano South District.
Picture above shows some of the LPG Promo and a recipient receiving her stove and cylinder from the MP
The free LPG promo which entails the free distribution of four thousand (4,000) each of gas cylinders and stoves to rural and urban dwellers in the Tano South District is in line with the government determination to cut down the use of wood fuel to the use of Gas fuel in our domestic homes.
In a speech at the launching ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture and Member of Parliament for the Tano South constituency Hon. Dr. Hannah Louisa Bisiw said government has realized that the use of wood fuel has led to the degradation of our forest since many tree species are cut down and burnt as charcoal for use in our homes.
Hon Dr. Hannah Louisa Bisiw (MP) lunching the Promo
She said, the effect of cutting down trees and degrading the forest has a global effect on the environment and if not check would not urger well for the country and for that matter the use of LPG in our homes is therefore been encouraged especially in our rural communities.
Hon. Bisiw said, the distribution of the four thousand (4,000) cylinders and stoves is the first phase of the implementation programme in the Tano South District and entreated the people to be patient when they are not part of the first recipients of the promo.
A chief Director of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Professor Akabzaa in a speech read on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Petroleum said the programme stems from the Presidents wish to eliminate the burning of wood as charcoal for the use of LPG in our homes since there was the need to conserve our forest to avoid degradation.
Prof. Akabzaa addressing the gathering
Prof. Akabzaa said, the government through the Ministry lunched a pilot project at Garu Timpane where fifteen thousand Gas cylinders and stoves were distributed free of charge, He said, lessons were leant out of the pilot programme and through that modifications have been made to sustain the programme and said one such thing is the sitting of gas filling station nearer to communities and the availability of the product
Prof. Akabzaa said, in order not to let the people revert to the use of wood fuel, a gas cylinder manufacturing company has been set up to produce more cylinders and government through the Ministry is also doing its best to bring gas to the door step of the people.
Prof. Akabzaa mentioned that during the exercise there would be a cylinder recirculation module whereby when you send your empty gas cylinder to be filled at the gas station you are given a filled one and yours is retained for further checks on them to avoid leakages and other faults before it is again released for use but cautioned that LPG is a form of fire which though friendly can also cause considerable damage and therefore safety measures must be abided in the use it.
Prof. Akabzaa again advised parents not to allow their children to play with the filled cylinders and stoves in the use of them
Prof. Akabzaa in conclusion urged the Tano South District Assembly to resource all stakeholders and the fire service to educate the public on the use of the cylinders and stoves and also the safety measures of the use of gas in general.
The Dermahene Nana Owusu Asante who chaired the function in his remarks commended the government and the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for taking such a bold step in the distribution of free cylinders and stoves which he said would help eliminate the use of wood fuel thereby conserving our forest.
The Dermahene Nana Owusu Asante delivering his remarks
Nana appealed to the government for the construction of the Derma – Asuoso trunk road which is in a deplorable state and also the construction of an SHS at Derma to help boost the conveyance of farm products to the market center and help children of the area to access SHS education respectively and thanked the organizers of the programme for choosing no other place in the District for the lunching ceremony than Derma.
Presents at the lunching ceremony were Nananom, Officials from Ministry of Petroleum, the Clergy, the Muslim Community, the General public and the Tano South District Chief Executive Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba.