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Nigeria announces CNG mass transit conversion programme, offers 50 percent discount on kits, others

*The Presidential Compress Natural Gas Initiative (PCNGI) explains the initial phase of the programme in FCT, Lagos, Kwara and Rivers States, to convert mass transit vehicles to cleaner energy sources, significantly reduce emissions, and promote environmental sustainability in the West African country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government through the

Presidential Compress Natural Gas Initiative (PCNGI) has announced the commencement of the nationwide Mass Transit Conversion Programme.

ConsumerConnect reports the PCNGI, in collaboration with Rolling Energy, announced the activation of the initiative during the launch of programme Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at the conversion and refuelling site, in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The PCNGI also stated that the initiative aims to convert mass transit vehicles to cleaner energy sources, significantly reducing emissions and promoting environmental sustainability.

It also affirmed the initiative is the programme of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, and it is dedicated to promoting clean energy solutions across Nigeria.

Earlier, the Presidency has said the Federal Government would launch 2,700 CNG-powered buses and tricycles before May 29, when President Tinubu turns one year in office.

It also assured that administration would deliver 100 conversion workshops and 60 refuelling sites in 18 states before the year end.

According to PCNGI, through strategic partnerships and innovative projects, the programme was designed  to reduce environmental impact and support the transition to sustainable energy for the transport sector of the Nigerian economy.

The initial phase of the conversion programme will be initiated in Lagos, Kwara, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Rivers States.

The PCNGI further disclosed the initial phase would be executed in partnership with major transport unions, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).

Implementation strategy, by PCNGI

In order to ensure success of the programme, the  PCNGI announced that the rollout would commence in eight of over 120 designated conversion workshop sites.

It noted the key union partners then, would have the opportunity to observe, evaluate the conversion process, and provide valuable feedback.

The initiative plans to scale up operations across 15 states over the next 45 days, said the PCNGI.

It equally announced the rollout of the programme would attract a 50 percent discount on equipment and kit costs, besides support to qualified union members for installation cost.

“PCNGI and Rolling Energy are committed to driving Nigeria towards a more sustainable future. Establishing the Ilorin site and the nationwide conversion program are pivotal steps in reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the efficiency of mass transit systems,” the body stated.

The PCNGI, therefore, urged interested public members to visit Femadec, FixIt45, and Portland in Lagos, NITT, Nipco in Abuja, Total Support and Femadec in Abuja, and Rolling Energy in Ilorin, for conversion.

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