June 13, 2024

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FG orders petroleum ministry vehicles to run on autogas

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The Federal Government has ordered the chief
executive officers and their lieutenants in agencies
under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources to
convert all their official vehicles to run on autogas .
It was gathered on Tuesday that the Minister of State
for Petroleum Resources , Chief Timipre Sylva , who
gave the directive in Abuja , had already submitted all
his vehicles to be converted to run on gas , as opposed
to petrol.
minister said the conversation of vehicles in his
ministry and agencies to run on autogas was to
demonstrate to Nigerians that the government was
serious with its declaration of 2020 as “ the year of
gas . ”
Sylva disclosed this in his address at the Ministerial
Mandate Performance Scorecard Review session of the
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , permanent
secretary and CEOs of agencies under the petroleum
ministry.
Since 2019 , the Federal Government has been pushing
for the usage of Compressed Natural Gas and Liquified
Petroleum Gas in automobiles to utilise Nigeria ’ s
abundant gas reserves .
In his address at the session , which was made
available to our correspondent by officials of the
ministry on Tuesday, Sylva said , “ I have surrendered
my vehicles to the NGEP (National Gas Expansion
Programme ) to convert all to dual fuel with use of
either auto- LPG or auto- CNG .
“ And on that premise , I now have the moral backing to
direct that all CEOs and their able lieutenants do same
by converting all their official vehicles to run on
autogas as a demonstration to the Nigerian people that
indeed government meant it when we declared this
year ‘ the year of gas ’ . ”
At the event , the Chairman , NGEP , Mohammed
Ibrahim , who was represented by the minister ’ s
Technical Adviser on Gas Business and Policy
Implementation, Justice Derefaka, explained that the
use of gas in automobiles would reduce energy poverty
in Nigeria .
Derefaka, who is also the Programme Manager ,
Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme , and
Programme Manager , Autogas , NGEP , said the use of
autogas would reduce pollution and the damaging
environmental effect of carbon from petrol.
According to him , the NGEP was putting in place
infrastructure to allow continuous availability of LPG
and autogas , adding that it was working to ensure the
affordability of gas to both urban and rural users .
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