The Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said it will soon commence the conversion of petrol-powered vehicles to autogas to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal and reduce transportation costs.
Dr. Bayero Salih-Farah, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Kaduna State, disclosed this in a media chat, saying the conversion would be carried out across its offices in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He said the institute had been working on the project for the over a year, where it built workshops across the country, staying that in a few weeks, the conversion process would commence in earnest.
Farah noted that the project when fully implemented would save Nigerians 40% of their energy cost.
The DG said the institute was also working in partnership with some manufacturers of the conversion kits which would be used at its workshops to enable Nigerians to have a cheaper conversion from PMS to autogas.
“We have sensitized relevant stakeholders across the country at different fora on the need for Nigerians to migrate from the use of PMS to gas.”
“Gas is very cheap than petrol, it is also cleaner and more convenient; Nigerians would be able to save a lot of money when they converted their vehicle from petrol to autogas.
“The cost of transport would come down drastically because the money required to refill a tank using an autogas would be 40 percent lower than the money required filling a tank using petrol,’’ he said.
The director-general added that the use of autogas would reduce substantial environmental pollution in the country.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to take advantage of the initiative.
In a related development, the Director General said the institute had concluded a plan to partner with the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) on knowledge sharing to the needs of some of the major institutes’ projects.
He added that the institute under his stewardship was also working to elevate the standard of NITT to enable it achieve the vision of becoming a leading transport and logistics institute in Africa.