Nigeria’s Push for Compressed Natural Gas Gains Momentum

Minister Idris Calls for Increased Private Involvement in CNG Project

by Adenike Adeodun

The Nigerian Government’s initiative to transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a primary fuel source in the transportation sector has received a significant boost. Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has called upon the private sector to take a leading role in this transformative venture.

During the commissioning of the ABG CNG Plant and the graduation of 40 CNG conversion technicians in Abuja yesterday, Idris highlighted the cost-effectiveness of CNG, particularly for the transportation sector. He praised President Bola Tinubu’s vision in advocating for CNG as a preferable alternative to premium motor spirits for both commercial and private vehicles.

“The CNG is the future of our transportation. Nigerian entrepreneurs must capitalise on the government’s CNG policy by investing in the necessary human and material resources to expand its infrastructure nationwide,” Idris stated.

According to a report by The Guardian, the government has initially invested N100 billion in the CNG project, signalling its commitment to this green initiative. This move has been positively received by the Nigerian Labour Congress, which sees the potential benefits of CNG.

Bawa Garba, Chairman of the ABG Group, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for his decisive stance on CNG adoption. “As a pioneering company, ABG Group is proud to be at the forefront of this initiative. Our commitment is evident in our efforts to train a significant number of CNG conversion engineers across Nigeria,” Garba said.

This development marks a significant step in Nigeria’s journey towards sustainable and cost-effective energy solutions, with the private sector poised to play a pivotal role in the nation’s energy transition.

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