Kenyan Energy Group Adopts the GTHI Model for LPG Promotion
The Kenyan-based African Energy Group has revealed that it is interested in adopting the Gas to Health Initiative (GTHI) model of fuel use and aims to work towards a wider adoption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) throughout the Kenya.
The announcement was made following a meeting held at GTHI’s secretariat headquarters in Abuja, when Dr Pam Namai, the Chief Executive Officer of African Energy Group, joined Engineer Betty Ugona, the Secretary, GTHI Board of Trustees, for a discussion regarding a potential collaboration. The main point of discussion revolved around the way in which ideas and practices from GTHI’s model of progressive LPG adoption could be implemented into the African Energy Group’s wider corporate activities.
Dr Namai announced that the meeting was prompted by the need to identify a way of gradually introducing LPG to Kenyan citizens as a viable alternative to traditional fuels, whilst also taking into account the potential problems that could arise further down the line.
Describing the current situation in her home nation, Dr. Namai went to on to explain that the majority of Kenyan households are primarily dependent on firewood, charcoal and other traditional energy sources for cooking and heating. Such sources of fuel are known to have detrimental effects on both personal health and the environment.
Engr. Ugona delivered a presentation outlining the GTHI’s core activities, in addition to the benefits of implementing the organisation’s model for LPG adoption. She was also keen to point out that one of the main points of action is raising awareness through education.
Promotion is vital to growing the LPG consumption in any nation, which is where the GTHI’s activities are an invaluable. The organisation’s main role, as explained by Mrs. Ugona, is to bridge the gap between the government and the private sector in Nigeria for the purpose of promoting LPG as a better form of household fuel, both from a financial and healthcare point of view.