No fewer than 800 households in Enugu State on Monday received refilled 12.5 kilogram of gas cylinders each from Second Coming Nigeria Ltd., dealer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Amechi in Enugu South and Agbani in Nkanu West Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking while distributing the cylinders, the Manager of the company, Ogochukwu Ezeonyigbo, the Manager, said that the gesture was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Ms Ezeonyigbo said the company’s Managing Director, Dr Basil Ogbuanu, decided to give back to customers to reduce their plight in purchasing cooking gas.
She said that the donation was done in collaboration with the state government.
“Today, our company is giving out free refilled 12.5kg cooking gas each to 800 customers in Amechi and Agbani.
“It is our own Corporate Social Responsibility to our customers,” she said.
In his remarks, Ogbuanu’s brother, Okenwa Anieke, said the company was customer friendly as people called it, “People’s gas plant”.
Manieke said that similar gesture would go on in two other plants at Nike in Enugu East and Achi in Oji River LGAs of the state on Dec. 30.
”1,600 Enugu residents will receive free cooking gas worth over N12 million from its four gas plants in Agbani, Amechi, Nike and Achi by Dec.30.
‘It is not surprising because this is not the first time Ogbuanu will engage in such, as he has done it in Lagos and Umuahia.
“But this particular one is very important because it is coming in a time prices of gas has skyrocketed.
“So, this is the right time to appreciate customers to make their celebration easy and take that pain from them,” Anieke said.
However, some of the beneficiaries expressed delight over the company’s benevolence to provide them free cooking gas.
A customer, Charles Ezeoha, said he was excited because the gift would alleviate his plight, adding that this was the first time of benefiting from such magnanimity.
“I am surprised that a company invited people even through the radio to collect free gas. I was here at 4. 00.a.m, and I am happy that I got a 12.5kg cylinder refilled free of charge.
“I am impressed as everything is moving smoothly because of the way it was organised, the crowd is under control,” he said.
Also, a septuagenarian, Ifeyinwa Nnaji, said she was overwhelmed by the kindness of the company and prayed for its continuous existence.
Mrs Nnaji prayed God to keep the owner of the company and its survival.
NAN reports that over 2,500 people converged at the company’s premises at Amechi, struggling to have their gas cylinder refilled.