Many Nigerians use firewood and coal to cook and the practice is leading to deforestation in the southern part of the country and desertification in the North. But liquefied natural gas (LPG), which is cleaner, cheaper, and more readily available and environment friendly is not being used, Independent reports.
However, in the bid to deepen the use of LPG in the country, Banner Energy Limited last week unveiled its BannerGas Franchise Retailership Scheme, a door-to-door delivery product range that seeks to increase the use of LPG in the country.
The company also launched its LPG auto conversion solutions, as well as the company image rebranding, at its maiden Franchise Dealers Conference held in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Nuhu Yakubu, chief executive officer of Banner Energy Limited, said that BannerGas Franchise Retailers Scheme is a door-to-door LPG (cooking gas) delivery scheme aimed at creating maximum connectivity to end users of LPG, including homes, hotels, eateries, schools, laboratories, factories, etc, along with related LPG connection accessories, around its LPG filling plants localities across the country.
According to him, the scheme’s maximum penetration strategies aim to deepen LPG demand by end users, and expand operating space for more skilled workforce participation, employment generation and wealth creation in Nigeria’s LPG industry.
The simultaneous launch of the company’s brand logo images, website and social media platforms, along with the BanngerGas Franchise Retailers’ Scheme and the BannerGas auto gas conversion for vehicles, witnessed the showcasing of auto gas converted vehicles, that will begin to run on LPG as fuel gas which vehicles can refuel at any of the BannerGas nationwide network of over 45 LPG auto gas retail filling stations.
The BannerGas Franchise Retailership Scheme was launched with 100 delivery vans for door-to-door LPG delivery operations, which some of them were at hand for inspection, unveiling and assignment to respective BannerGas Franchise Retailers and Dealers that were present at the event.
According Yakubu, “This company’s rebranding project, along with double launch of the Bannergas Autogas Conversion Scheme and the BannerGas Retailers’ Scheme with attendant benefits for employment generation, technical skills acquisition and wealth creation, is one of the gains of the current Federal Government administration’s policy on partial deregulation of the petroleum downstream sector.”
He added, “Considering the abundance of LPG supply in Nigeria, with its beneficial uses as clean and affordable replacement fuel for petrol (PMS), kerosene, diesel, LPFO, HPFO, firewood, coal, sawdust and other unclean and environmentally unfriendly fuels, the launch sounds a welcome relief in response to the positive direction for energy policy of the Federal Government”.
Mr. Yakubu furthered, stated, “We are indeed very pleased to have hosted the BannerGas Franchise Dealers’ Workshop, which has afforded us the opportunity to exchange ideas with our dealers, and gain their contributions to the franchise dealership scheme, since they play the key role of supervising our franchise retailers activities. We have been able to share with the dealers, insights into the opportunities being created by BannerGas across the LPG value chain, from LPG bulk and retail trading, for purposes of autogas transportation, off/on-grid power generation, petro-chemicals, agriculture, and many more, with the attendant socio-economic benefits on the economy; which benefits include reversing the ravaging energy poverty in our rural and urban dwellings in the midst of plenty, reversing desertification, reducing demand pressure on Nigeria’s U.S. Dollar foreign reserves, due to massive spend on imported fuels (PMS, kerosene, AGO, etc) and stabilizing the local currency, the Naira”.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Ademuyiwa Makinde, head, Operations for Banner Energy Limited, said that the conference was about increasing the use of LPG for various applications throughout Nigeria, as well as improving delivery channels to consumers.
He said that LPG consumers are on the increase in the country but unlike in developed countries, access to the product is a drawback, and to that effect BannerGas has taken the lead to deliver LPG directly to consumers through its wide network of BannerGas Franchise Dealership LPG retail plants, and the newly launched BannerGas Franchised Retailership scheme.
The company’s head of operations explained how the scheme operates, adding, “BannerGas franchise empowerment scheme was birthed from the drive to create direct employment/empowerment for Nigerians through the increased use of LPG”.
According to Yakubu, the BannerGas Franchise Retail Scheme delivers advantages and convenience to consumers of LPG as the door-to-door delivery product range is designed to encompass the set out advantages.
He said that the scheme creates through convenience via home delivery and creates customer satisfaction through efficient services.
The Banner Energy boss said that the scheme would create employment and empower Nigerians, adding that the scheme is designed to create a clear path to the last link users (consumers).
He stated that the scheme aims to discourage the patronage of unregulated and illegal and unsafe roadside retailing of LPG, to drown out the notion of cylinder short-filling, sub-standard products, and unsafe dispensing methods, and prevent LPG related fire outbreaks.
The Banner Energy boss added that the scheme would create ease of payment via the BannerGas/Access Bank Plc partnership, with the use of the innovative sales collection packages (Pay With Capture and MPOS packages).
Also speaking at the event, Engr. Chudi Onwuyirigbo, Director of Power/Engineering, , stressed the need for strict adherence to safety practices and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Hafiz Yesuf, the company’s head of LPG Systems Installations, Operations and Maintenance, took time to educate the conference delegates on safe handling of LPG.
Banner Energy Limited is an energy and power business development and management company, with expertise in gas and power infrastructure design, development, operations and management.
The company is big player in LPG bulk and retail trading infrastructure development, bulk sales and distributions, operating over 45 LPG retail filling plants across Nigeria, and further expanding its retail footprint with its ongoing expansion installations of additional 24 LPG retail filling plants. from fourth quarter 2016 through to second quarter 2017.
Banner Energy currently enjoys the active funding support of the Bank of Industry and Access Bank, on the local part; and FAS/Euler-Hermes and Commerz Bank of Germany on the foreign part.
The company’s LPG technology partners are FAS (Germany) and DEC (Belgium), and on the power infrastructure technology infrastructure side, for the development of the ongoing LPG fired embedded generation thermal power plants, and on-grid generation is GE and Mitsubishi/Hitachi.
Banner Energy is currently developing the BannerGas Terminal LPG storage and ship loading/offloading facility at Ikot Abasi, in Akwa-Ibom State.topics from