As the government endeavors to protect the environment by providing alternative source of fuel to citizens, the National Oil Corporation Saturday reinforced the effort in Kiambu County by conducting a sensitization programme over the same.
During a one-day workshop held at the Kiambu high school hall, officers from the oil company sensitized the local public administration officials on matters pertaining to gas yetu initiative (an initiative by the government to provide cheap fuel) to enable them pass the message to those within their jurisdiction and encourage them to use gas.
In her presentation, Network Development Manager Mrs. Millicent Munene noted that the initiative would improve people’s livelihoods through the business opportunities to be created as well as availability of cheap fuel.
She explained that the government was in the process of ensuring that it provided cheap and reliable fuel which was available at all sub-county fueling stations.
The officer noted that the gas filling points would be installed within all sub-counties where they would be located near the chief’s office for security reasons.
Residents would then be encouraged to purchase the gas from the point but more filling points would be spread deep into the interior at ward levels in future.
Mrs. Munene said women and youth would be given first priority to own the gas distribution businesses as a way of empowering them.
She said the gas business would enhance job opportunities such as for sales persons and clerks who would ensure sales were met as expected.
Mrs. Munene further noted that the initiative had already been embraced by Kenya Women Finance Trust group (KWFT) and the Youth Enterprise fund.
She said the duo were working hand in hand to empower the beneficiaries so that they could do profitable business to enable them pay back loans they may take from the revolving enterprises to start the businesses.
According to Mrs. Munene, for one to be part of the initiative expected to be launched in mid July 2017 one has to be registered.
Other sources of energy include charcoal, oil and coal which were non-renewable resources. The use of charcoal has however contributed to the destruction of forest cover therefore being a thorn in the flesh to the government.
The workshop participants included all the chiefs, assistant county commissioners and deputy county commissioners drawn from the 13 sub-counties of Kiambu County led by Kiambu sub-county deputy Commissioner Mr. Kiarie Njuguna who coordinated the event on behalf of the County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga.
During the meeting, the participants were given an application form which they were to take back to their stations and sensitise prospective entrepreneurs who were willing to be engaged to be distributors.
Source: Kenya News Agency