Ogun Govt To Commence Gas-Powered Mass Transit ... Four-Man Team Of Engineers Arrive From India - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Ogun Govt To Commence Gas-Powered Mass Transit ... Four-Man Team Of Engineers Arrive From India

Ogun State Government is set to commence its Electric Mobility and Gas Mobility programme with the arrival of 
a team of technical engineers from India to begin the process of converting vehicles from fuel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as part of measures to cushion the effect of continuous hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol which has increased from the initial N500 to N617per litre 

Governor Dapo Abiodun had promised to introduce Electric Mobility and Gas Mobility programme  which involves the conversion of mass transit buses from fuel to gas and tricycles and motorcycles to electric before end of this month or first week in August

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tokunbo Talabi, in a statement on Wednesday announced the arrival of the 
four-man technical team expected to work on the pilot project and initiate the first phase of the Gas Mobility Programme 

The team according to him, will  further prepare a process map to scale up and do a phase-wise implementation on all the commercial buses in the state.

The State Government  had in March this year, in partnership with Nigerian Transport Solutions Limited (NGTSL), took delivery of the CNG conversion kits for the pilot phase of the state’s mass transit buses to be fueled by the CNG.

The CNG project demonstrates the commitment of the administration to a cleaner economy and ensures cheaper means of transportation in the state, especially with the removal of subsidy on fuel by the Federal Government in May.

The  SSG says the Indian engineers are in the process of starting the conversion process.

According to him, the state’s mass transit buses will start running on CNG in the coming days, in line with the promise by Prince Abiodun that the project would commence in the first week of August.

“The CNG team are on the ground. I was part of the team that received the CNG kits on behalf of the government early in the year and I visited the project site this morning (Tuesday). His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun is a man of his word and such a highly progressive Governor deserves all necessary support for Ogun State to continue to progress,"' Talabi stated 

“The aim is to improve and modernise bus operations in Ogun State through conversion of buses to Compressed Natural Gas by equipping them with the latest technology to improve environmental and operational performance"he added 

“Moreover, the newly fitted buses are expected to improve public transportation reliability, safety and efficiency and reduce polluting air emissions. The pilot project will commence with the conversion of twenty buses from diesel to CNG and exploring the performance before rolling out the programme,” he said.

According to the SSG, the team is also training locally-based auto mechanics and technicians on CNG conversion.

This, he said, would ensure technology transfer and create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.

The conversion process is expected to take between four to six weeks, involving the Bus Mass Transit buses currently in operation in the state capital, Abeokuta as well as others to be deployed in the fleet to serve the planned Mowe-Berger axis.

Talabi said the scheme would relieve the burden imposed on the people of the state by the subsidy removal through cheaper means of transportation.

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