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PCNGI: Nigerian Government launches CNG-powered buses, designates 7 conversion centres

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of STaff to President and Other Dignitaries at the Activation of New CNG-Powered Buses, in Abuja, FCT Photos: State House

*The Federal Government through the Presidential CNG Initiative launches the Compressed Natural Gas buses, assures  consumers the initiative facilitates vehicle conversion and generates employment opportunities, in line with the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s commitment to environmental sustainability and economic growth

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s recent policy decision, the Federal Government Friday, October 27, 2023, marked a significant milestone with the handover of converted buses to the State House, symbolising Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable, and economically sound future.

ConsumerConnect reports the Presidential CNG Initiative (PCNGI) tasked with the responsibility of berthing the process organised the momentous event, and delivered the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses with a clear message: Nigeria is at the forefront of a global energy revolution.

The team noted in a statement Friday, that the conversion process of the buses to CNG-powered vehicles is not just a technical achievement but a declaration of intent to embrace cleaner and more economical energy solutions in the West African country.

“This initiative reflects the administration’s resolve to harmonise fiscal prudence and environmental stewardship,” said the Presidential CNG Initiative.

Designation of CNG-powered bus conversion centres

The Initiative further disclosed that Nigeria currently, has seven conversion centres, and Federal Government is actively working to establish more of them across the country.

In terms of the economic benefits of the clean energy cum transport programme, this facilitates vehicle conversion and generates employment opportunities, showing the administration’s commitment to environmental sustainability and economic growth.

PCNGI to establish conversion centres in Lagos

The statement also disclosed that in the next few weeks, effective from Saturday, October 28, the PCNGI will establish the roll out of more conversion centres in Lagos, to enable 55,000 conversions in the next six months under the palliative programme.

It stated: “In addition to this, over 11,500 CNG fuelled vehicles will be rolled out by partnership with private sector, cooperative, state and union operated mass transit operators in the same period.”

According to PCNGI, a remarkable development announced during the handover ceremony is the waiver of Value Added Tax (VAT) on CNG purchases.

“This policy change demonstrates the government’s dedication to making cleaner energy more accessible and affordable for all Nigerian citizens.

“This is to encourage more investments to make CNG more widely available from wellhead to nozzle,” it noted.

In his address on the occasion, Mr. Zaccheus Adedeji, Ag. Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Chairman of the Presidential CNG Initiative, represented by Mr. Farouk of NMPDRA, expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to this significant achievement.

Adedeji highlighted the dedication, vision, and unwavering support that have brought the country  to this juncture.

The Chairman of PCNGI also remarked that “the CNG buses passed on to the distinguished representatives of the State House represent a new beginning and a journey toward a future where Nigeria powers tomorrow, today.”

He equally asserted the handover ceremony at the State House, attended by distinguished guests, marked “the dawn of an extraordinary journey”.

According to him, though challenges will undoubtedly arise, the determination, innovation, and collaboration of the Nigerian people will light the path ahead in the process of contributing to a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous tomorrow.

“This event is more than a vehicle handover; it symbolises Nigeria’s commitment to an Energy Revolution: Powering Tomorrow, Today,” stated the Presidential CNG Initiative.

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