The Federal Government has established a Compressed Natural Gas “Keke NAPEP” through the Nigerian Orientation Agency to reduce the high cost of transportation.
The NOA on Friday, introduced the CNG Keke in Abuja in cooperation with the SIMBA Group of Companies and Ecomead Acres.
The tricycle is believed to utilise less gasoline than conventional tricycles that run on petrol, lowering transportation costs to a bare minimum.
Speaking to media at the ceremony, NOA Director General Lanre Issa-Onilu said the initiative is aimed at improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians, particularly those living in rural areas, and is in line with Mr President’s renewed hope agenda.
According to him, the Federal Government has created around 10,000 CNG stations across the country to guarantee that users of the newly introduced tricycles have access to compressed natural gas.
The DG assured Nigerians that the CNG Keke NAPEP will significantly lower the high cost of transportation and other similar difficulties that Nigerians are currently facing.
He also noted that CNG is environmentally beneficial and will minimise pollution produced by the usage of petrol, therefore addressing the problem of climate change.
“We are here to address the critical issue of transportation, as a fallout of the removal of fuel subsidy as it is the government’s policy to provide immediate succour in terms of palliative.
“The President, in his address to the nation several times reiterated the fact that a lot of interventions are in the works regarding how to reduce the subsidy removal’s impact on all of us.
“Related to that is the introduction of the Compressed Natural Gas as an alternative source to power our automobiles. You also recall that the Federal Government is accelerating the process of bringing CNG-powered buses to the country. And apart from that about 10,000 CNG filling stations across the country are put in place, so that we can have CNG as an alternative source of powering our automobiles,” he said.
cc: Daily Post Ng