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Reps Urge FG To Implement Gas Policy

Federal Government has been urged to implement the Nigerian Gas Policy as an intervention to the rising cost of cooking gas in the country.

This is the resolution of a motion sponsored by Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos State at plenary.

Leading the debate the lawmaker noted that Nigeria has the largest natural gas reserve in Africa and holds the 9th position in the world hence the nationwide sensitization and campaign for the adoption and expansion of the use of
cooking gas by the Federal Government.

Agunsoye said the Nigerian Gas Policy was fashioned to boost the oil and gas sector and enhance the economy of
the nation as well as boost the domestic market for cooking gas with the aim of moving Nigeria from a crude oil export based economy to an attractive oil and gas based industrial economy.

The lawmaker who expressed worry at recent surge in the price of the commodity said implementing the gas policy would make Nigeria become a gas based industrial nation while satisfying local demands at relatively affordable price.

Ruling on the motion the house reiterated its commitment to ensure the availability and proper distribution of cooking gas in the country as well as the actualization of the gains of the policy.

The House thereafter mandated its Committee on Gas Resources to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

By Aisha Adesanya

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