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FG plans use of compressed natural gas for mass transit

The plan is to reposition the transportation sector in urban cities across the country.

• September 13, 2022
Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye
Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye

The federal government plans to use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which Nigeria has in abundance, to reposition the transportation sector in urban cities across the country.

The Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye, said this in a statement by the spokesman for the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Adegoroye disclosed this when he received the “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 colleague, Gbemisola Saraki, assured that the report would be given prompt attention.

According to Mr Adegoroye, greenhouse gas emissions pose health and dire environmental consequences, and Nigeria cannot afford to lag.

He said this was especially because Nigeria is a signatory to the GreenHouse Emission Policy to reduce environmental carbon emissions.

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

Ms Ajani said this was done through the Federal Ministry of Environment with highlights on strategic steps to adopt 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 a couple of years will probably not be supporting vehicles that are 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,” Ms Ajani said.

In May 2019, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a National Action Plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.

This plan, developed by the Federal Ministry of Environment, aims to improve air quality and reduce Nigeria’s contribution to climate change.

(NAN)

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