The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Austen Oniwon has disclosed plans by the corporation to vigorously pursue the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) nationwide.
Speaking under the theme of the 2011 World Environment Day ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’, Oniwon maintained that the environment would be better preserved and protected through the use of cleaner and more affordable fuel source.
According to him, the provision of LPG will see a transition from the current practice where a large percentage of trees are felled for the purpose of providing fuels for domestic cooking.
``The roll-out of a comprehensive and functional LPG distribution plan will not only reduce de-forestation, but also create wealth through the generation of employment across the various facets of this project,’’ Oniwon stated.
He said the NNPC would remain committed to ensuring responsible environmental practices with the determination to pursue a policy of ``no harm to people and no harm to the environment’’.
He stated that the corporation subscribed to the United Nations green initiatives, through efforts aimed at developing more environment-friendly fuels, even as he disclosed that the NNPC has embarked on global warming control measures in collaboration with its Joint Venture partners to eradicate gas flaring in all its exploration and production activities.
``Environmentally, we face a collective challenge which requires a collective response and therefore we must be ready to operate outside our comfort zone to achieve our goal,’’ he stressed.
“Our generation would be judged by history if we tackled effectively the growing threats to the environment. Failure to handle the challenges boldly, swiftly and together would result in mortgaging the future of generations yet unborn,” Oniwon added.
He further disclosed that as part of the celebrations, the NNPC has embarked on a 1,000 tree planting project in selected government secondary schools within Abuja.
Meanwhile, a statement by the NNPC spokesman, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, said the GMD has already commenced the project with the planting of trees at the Model Secondary School, Maitama, with a promise to support it to maturity.