Ogun State begins the conversion of petrol/diesel-powered State Mass Transit vehicles to run on gas.
Vehicles being converted to run on CNG includes staff buses and public transport buses currently in circulation.
Says the move will help reduce cost of transportation caused by the removal of fuel subsidy by the current administration.
The Ogun State Government has began the conversion of gas- and diesel-powered State Mass Transit vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to help reduce the cost of transportation, following the hike in pump price of petrol.
“We have commenced the conversion of state mass transit buses, including staff buses and public transport buses currently in circulation, to CNG to reduce the cost of transportation by charging rates that are commensurate with what obtained before subsidy removal”, said Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“The CNG project demonstrates the commitment of our Administration to a greener environment, and it ensures affordable means of transportation in the State, especially in the wake of the removal of subsidy on fuel by the Federal Government in May.”
The conversion from fuel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered vehicles is being carried out in the state by a team of technical engineers from India.
The Ogun State Government had in March took delivery of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion kits for the pilot phase of the state’s mass transit buses .
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tokunbo Talabi, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Indian engineers are in the process of starting the conversion process.
“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.
“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.”