June 8, 2024

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MDAs urged to convert vehicles to CNG engines

Believe this: the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has urged ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) and Nigerians general to convert their vehicles to compressed natural gas CNG-friendly engines.

This would serve to cushion the very excruciating effects of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians, the government says.

Amb. Gabriel Aduda, the ministry’s permanent secretary said at the inauguration of its newly acquired two state-of-the-art 32-seater Coaster buses that the buses were acquired to facilitate convenient staff commuting and official engagements.

The inauguration was conducted by the permanent secretary, representing the Federal Government, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, and the management of the petroleum ministry.

Aduda said the buses would be converted from gasoline engines to CNG in line with the Federal Government’s energy transition commitment.

The permanent secretary, however, encouraged other MDAs to adopt the CNG initiative due to its economic advantages even as he underscored government’s dedication to alleviating the challenges faced by workers, particularly in the aftermath of subsidy removal.

Aduda recalled that the ministry received assistance in 2022 from the government, enabling the acquisition of the new buses. He said the current administration, President Bola Tinubu, held a steadfast commitment to staff welfare.

In a remark, Mrs. Patricia Umo, drector General Services, explained that the buses would serve as welfare provisions aimed at motivating employees to deliver effective service.

Also speaking, Mr. Dipo Agboola, a union representative, expressed gratitude to the permanent secretary and his management team for their forward-thinking initiative. Agboola announced that the buses would be converted to CNG within the next seven days, demonstrating the workforce’s appreciation and dedication to responsibilities.