Uganda govt to give out 13kg gas cylinders to 1 million households
Wakiso, Uganda | URN | The Government of Uganda has launched the distribution of 13kg Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder targeting one million households in a bid to promote safe and clean cooking.
Launched Tuesday 6, July 2022 by Ruth Nankabirwa, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Bugo Zone, Busabala in Wakiso District, the new initiative will see each benefiting household receive a 13kg gas cylinder, burner, and other accessories.
The Government has partnered with Shell, Vitro, Stabex International Ltd, and Total Energies, which are considered to have a wider network across the country to help the beneficiaries access the renewable energy facility.
Ismail Tobasiima, the Marketing Officer at Stabex International Ltd disclosed that recent research they conducted prior to the project revealed that the 13kg gas cylinder can last three months for an average family with four members.
In the open market, a full set of 13kg LPG gas cylinder and its accessories costs at least 270,000 Shillings. However, beneficiaries with now spend Shillings 100,000 only to refill the cylinder once the gas is depleted.
Paddy Kabuye, a resident of Bugo who benefitted from the initiative lauded the Government for rolling out the project to the households to save their time in cooking and promoting environmental conservation.
Equally, Annet Nasanga, said the usage of gas will release the pressure on cutting down trees and save the environment. She also notes that the use of charcoal for daily cooking is cumbersome for mothers.
Nankabirwa says the use of LPG can protect forests from being depleted for charcoal and firewood production and use, hence contributing to preserving the environment and capturing carbon dioxide emissions.