FG rolls out nationwide activities for deployment of CNG initiative

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The federal government on Wednesday, May 15, released detailed activities ahead nationwide deployment of Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and tricycles to replace the petrol-powered ones on May 29.

President Bola Tinubu on Monday, May 13, at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting directed all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to procure only CNG-powered vehicles and generators for official use.

Announcing the 15-day-long activities in a statement in Abuja, the Programme Director of the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative (PCNGI), Michael Oluwagbemi, said the government would embark on pre-launch itinerary aimed at engaging stakeholders and showcasing critical gas supply projects to fostering sustainable energy solutions and reducing carbon emissions.

He said: “The PCNGI is embarking on an extensive pre-launch itinerary aimed at engaging stakeholders, showcasing critical gas supply projects, and facilitating the conversion and refuelling infrastructure across the nation.”

The nationwide stakeholders’ engagement is billed to be flagged off from South West with the Presidential (virtual) commissioning of the critical gas supply projects from May 15 to 22 at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited outlets.

On May 16, the team will embark on an inspection of the Jets and Mikano Factory along with representatives from the Labour Ministry, Labour Unions, and the Nigerian Media.

South-south and south-east stakeholders’ engagement will be held on May 17 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital where the launch of affiliate conversion and refuelling will follow at the Femadec Site as well as an inspection tour of the Total Energies support station.

Oluwagbemi further said the team will commence another six-day inspection tour of the Kojo Factory at the Enugu-Onitsha Site from May 24 to receive the first set of assembled tricycles, buses, cylinders and kits from the regions for the official launch.

He added that the ‘Luojia Assembly Plant for CNG tricycles on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be commissioned on May 30.

“These activities mark significant milestones in our journey towards achieving energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity for Nigeria. The PCNGI is committed to fostering collaboration with all stakeholders as we pave the way for a cleaner, greener future.

“These programmes are a fulfilment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise to drive Nigeria’s energy transition in the transportation sector leveraging CNG and enabling economic growth,” he stated.

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