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Nigerian Govt To Reposition Transportation Sector With Compressed Natural Gas

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to consider the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), to reposition the transportation sector in the country.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, said this in a statement issued by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mr. Eric Ojiekwe, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adegoroye made this known when he received the report “Implementation-Ready Report on National Strategy Development for the Adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-based Transportation System in Nigeria’s Urban Cities” in Abuja.

The minister, while commending his erstwhile Minister, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, assured that the report would be given prompt attention.

“I appreciate that the last minister who was here, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, had the initiative to set up a committee to work on this, I think it is a wonderful Initiative.

“I assure you that Nigerians must say something about us that when we were here, we took steps to getting things done.

”And these things are in tandem with what the world wants or what the world desires at this time,” he said.

According to Adegoroye, greenhouse gas emissions pose health and dire environmental consequences and Nigeria cannot afford to toy with it.

He said this was especially due to the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to the Green House Emission Policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the environment.

While presenting the report to the minister, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said that the report was sponsored by World Bank and done by Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

Ajani said this was done through the Federal Ministry of Environment with highlights on strategic steps to take in the adoption of CNG vehicles in the transportation sector in the country

“It will help us in kick-starting the revolution in the change of the transport sector, with vehicle conversion to CNG on the adoption of CNG vehicles, for our road transport mode within the urban city to start with.

“Original Equipment Manufacturers in couple of years down will probably not be supporting vehicles that are powered by diesel or gas as everyone is moving towards Electric Vehicles (EV).

”The report takes into cognisance of how Nigeria can move from diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol)  to natural gas and in about 10 to 15 years,” Ajani said.

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