Leaders hail move by Taifa Gas to donate gas cylinders to food vendors in Dar es Salaam, say move in support of President Samia’s clean energy directive.
Leaders in Dar es Salaam have commended Taifa Gas Tanzania Limited for distributing free complete gas cylinders to food vendors in Dar es Salaam, as a way of encouraging them to use clean cooking energy.
Speaking in Ilala Tuesday after donating 150 cylinders donated by Taifa Gas to Kisutu market food vendors, Deputy Speaker who is also the Ilala member of Parliament Hon. Mussa Zungu congratulated Taifa Gas, noting that through its donation of the cylinders, Taifa Gas was responding to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s directive on the country moving to use alternative clean cooking energy, thus saving the country from deforestation and effects of climate change.
Hon. Zungu said the government was ready to ensure that the citizens turn to the use of LPG.
“Today we are giving you these cylinders free of charge, they have been given by Taifa Gas in response to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s directive that our people stop using charcoal and use clean cooking energy to save our forests” said Hon. Zungu.
Noting the devastating effects of the continued use of charcoal on their health, Hon. Zungu asked the vendors to prioritize their health by using LPG, saying that most respiratory diseases that attack them are caused by smoke from the charcoal and firewood that they use.
“There are those who still believe that rice cooked from charcoal is the best, that is not true! Let us shun this type of thinking and live to protect our lives. We know the negative effects of charcoal and therefore let no one lie to you that gas cannot cook tasty rice or beans. Gas can cook everything and in a short time” Added Zungu.
Hon. Zungu was accompanied by the Ilala District Commissioner Arch. Ng`wilabuzu Ndatwa Ludigijja, CCM chairman Ilala district Said Sidde,Kisutu ward councillor Khery Kessy among other hosts of local leaders who called on the traders to embrace the use of Taifa and Mihan gas as the surest ways of protecting their health and conserving the environment.
“We have given you these cylinders with the hope that you will not trade them for any other cylinders. All you need to do once the gas inside is finished is to refill at a taifa or mihan outlet and not any other outlet” Said the Ilala District Commissioner Mr. Ludigija. On the same note, Kisutu ward councillor Kherry Kessy expressed his joy that Taifa Gas had chosen his Kisutu ward for the free cylinder distribution saying he will ensure that traders move and embrace the use of gas as opposed charcoal that is currently the order of the day.
“We all know that our forests are in danger because of tree cutting, if we do not change, we are going to destroy our country. We also know that Dar es Salaam is the biggest consumer of charcoal and we need to control and stop this” Said Mr. Herry.
They asked the traders to use local products and support local investors such as Taifa Gas who they said were ready to support the government in environmental conservation.
In this exercise, Taifa Gas donated 150 complete gas cylinders worth TZS. 12M. Taifa Gas team also held safety demonstrations while assuring the traders that the gas was safe for use both at home and at the market.