The federal government said that it has no immediate plan to ban the importation of gas cylinders as part of its LPG expansion and implementation plan.
The Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Gas in the office of the Vice-President, Dayo Adesina, made the disclosure in an interview in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that the government was working on first building local capacities before contemplating a ban.
According to Adesina, who is also the Programme Manager of the National LPG Expansion and Implementation, Nigeria still has a lot of cylinder deficits to fill in meeting the LPG expansion plan.
He explained that the plan was to get LPG to the remotest of villages and discourage use of firewood and other fuels that are inimical to the environment.
Adesina said that of the nations over 200 million population, there were only about two million gas cylinders, which he said, was poor compared to other countries.
Adesina, however, stressed that banning importation now would not be a solution but that Nigeria should rather build local capacity gradually until the nation can become self-sufficient in cylinder production.