By Joseph Bamigboye
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva on Monday said the conversion of of cars and generators to use gas instead of the usual petrol will commence in October by the ministry.
Speaking on ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ a NTA morning show on Monday, Syvla said that the move would reduce the carbon emissions and also the demand for Premium Motor Spirit.
The minister also said, “The alternative we are now introducing is gas which is definitely going to be cheaper than the subsidised rate of PMS.
“The cars and generators of Nigerians will be converted by the Federal Government to run on gas as from October.”
He buttressed that the service is geared towards the impact of the increase in petrol price and added that the service will also be free.
“So, what we are trying to encourage Nigerians to do now is to convert their cars to dual fuel. That means your car can use either gas or petrol and that will be done for free because the government is going to ensure that you are able to convert your vehicles for free.
“These are all going to be available and we are going to have a roll out plan for this within October.
“Nigerians will have alternatives. It is like introducing a toll on the roads. When you introduce a tollgate, you are expected and required by law to also create an alternative. So, we are also creating that alternative so that you can go to buy gas.”
He disclosed that the requirements is that the car must be in good state and the ministry has has communicated with National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW).
Sylva said the Federal Government launched a similar pilot scheme with commercial tricycles in Port Harcourt which they converted to gas and it was successful.
He said that small capacity generators which are colloquially known as ‘I better pass my neighbour’ will be covered by the initiative.
Sylva said the use of gas is cleaner and climate-friendly, adding that once this is achieved, Nigeria would receive funding from foreign donors.
“We are going to convert ‘I better pass my neighbour’. So, you will have a situation where in your house, your gas cylinder will be connected to your generator and cooker. So, you don’t need any other fuel apart from gas to run your generators.
“It will become cheaper and cleaner. Of course, our carbon emissions will actually reduce and we are expecting to gain some money from climate change (sic) for reducing our carbon emission. This is going to be a policy direction that will create a lot of opportunities.”
He said all NNPC filling stations and also some private sector marketers had agreed to the initiative, and added that the scheme would start in one part and later get to other parts of the country.