Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:29

Tinubu directs federal ministries, depts, agencies to purchase only CNG-powered vehicles

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President Bola Tinubu has instructed all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to transition to vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of his administration's energy reform agenda.

Addressing members of the federal executive council (FEC) at the State House, Tinubu emphasized the importance of energy security, utility enhancement, and reduction of fuel costs.

Tinubu asserted that his administration is resolute in driving the adoption of CNG nationwide, stressing the need for proactive leadership from public officials to set a precedent for the populace. He emphasized that all procurement requests for traditional petrol-dependent vehicles should be declined in favor of value-driven acquisitions of CNG-compliant vehicles.

Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser to the president on media publicity, reiterated Tinubu's dedication to maximizing the nation's gas potential and alleviating transportation costs for citizens, thereby improving their standard of living.

The presidential CNG initiative (PCNGI), slated for launch ahead of Tinubu's administration's first anniversary on May 29, aims to establish 100 conversion workshops and 60 refueling sites across 18 states in collaboration with the private sector by year-end.

Furthermore, Tinubu's administration earmarked N100 billion for investment between July 31, 2023, and March 2024 to procure 3,000 units of 20-seater CNG-powered buses. In a bid to incentivize CNG adoption, the federal government announced the waiver of value-added tax (VAT) on CNG bus purchases, with plans to extend duty waivers on parts.

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