The Government through the National Oil Corporation is encouraging Kenyans to protect the environment by providing alternative source of fuel to citizens.
The alternative being provided has been dubbed ‘Gas Yetu’ initiative’ the project aims at providing and encouraging citizens to use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cheaply.
Speaking in Bungoma during a, a one-day workshop held on Monday at the Red Cross grounds, Laban Seremi, the project manager said the government through the National Oil Corporation, has reduced the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas to Shs.2,200 for the 6 kg cylinder down from Shs.6,500 .
He announced that the government has so far bought 1.2 million cylinders to be distributed to citizens at subsidized rates specifying that Bungoma County will receive 67,524 cylinders for a start.
A National Oil Corporation Official, Thomas Mugo, said most deaths caused by air pollution would reduce if most Kenyans turned to using gas, noting that the product has no smell or smoke.
He said 40 per cent of childhood deaths are linked to respiratory illnesses, adding that there has been a decline in the forest coverage due to wanton destruction of trees for fuel.
Mugo said gas was expensive due to poor distribution, especially in rural areas and limited LPG importation, but added that the initiative would improve people’s livelihoods through the business opportunities to be created as well as availability of cheap fuel.
In a bid to empower women and youths, Mugo said women groups and youth groups will be responsible for distribution of the cylinders and that the National Oil Corporation will work in collaboration with Kenya Women Finance Trust , Women Enterprise Fund, , Youth Enterprise Fund, and M-Kopa solar to give loans to groups for seed capital.
The officer noted that the gas filling points would be installed in all the nine Sub-counties near the chief’s offices for security reasons.
Residents would then be encouraged to purchase the gas from the designated points, and according to Mugo, all those interested in the initiative will have to register.
The workshop participants included chiefs, Assistant County Commissioners, Deputy County Commissioners and County Commissioners drawn from the nine Sub-counties of Bungoma County led by the Bungoma County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng.
Source: Kenya News Agency