Busabala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Government has launched the distribution of Liquified Petroleum Gas – LPG cylinders targeting one million households in a bid to promote safe and clean cooking.
Launched Tuesday 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 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.
For eligibility, one is required to register and fill out a form to be endorsed by the Local Council One Chairperson. He then takes the form to any nearby outlet of the four selected oil companies where they will be handed the gas cylinder.
Typically, liquified petroleum gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels; environmentally friendly fuel, non-toxic and non-corrosive in nature which helps to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Uganda is expected to begin producing her oil in the Bunyoro sub-region in 2025. Of this, the oil industry is expected 300,000 tonnes of gas to support the Government in upscaling the usage of liquefied petroleum gas. Total Energies will also use part of the gas to generate more electricity for the country.
The 2016 Uganda Health and Demographic Survey released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics – UBOS also shows that 98.3 percent of Uganda’s population was using solid fuel for cooking at the time of the survey, while only 0.6 percent of the population was using clean fuel.
How is it going to be distributed door to door or there is listed category of beneficeries
Am waiting mine
when is this activity starting? Please state the starting date.
Thank you government of Uganda. But where do we find the forms? When is this exercise starting?
AM also interested bt hw can we access those forms
Where can i get the form, please?
After busabala, subsidize this LPG so that people especially in towns find it cheaper to use it than going for charcoal that has depleted our forests. Thanks government
Please can I get to know when it will be starting so I can mobilize the ladies in my community to get involved in the activity
Good gesture if handled well with corruption free hands.
In which districts are they distributing the gass
I also need one
HOW CAN I GET MINE PLEASE
good morning minister.
we send our requirements to STABEX MUKONO to get Government Gas in August but upto date, we have not received the gas.
kindly advice us
those gas cylinders are not for everyone. there is too much discrimination on that so-called gas project. I have people getting the gas, but then I went to apply, and they kept bouncing me. when I go to the total station they tell me no forms or that we are not working today, yet I saw two people getting the cylinders. this is happening at the total next Entebbe central market.
this project is met for the people supporting the NRM if not the tribal members in the ruling government.
The project is not for everyone, please. I am disappointed with it.
When you fill in the forms you have to pay 160k just to be considered