Nigeria’s The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva says has handed over his official vehicles to be remodelled to use gas as fuel instead of petrol.
He said the move would enable him champion the campaign Nigerians to switch to gas as alternative to petrol for their vehicles.
Sylva, as reported by allafrica.com, revealed this at the recent quarterly meeting of the petroleum ministry. He said the vehicles were sent to the relevant committee of the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) to remodel them to use gas.
He encouraged other agencies of the ministry such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) amongst others to follow in his steps and help the country quickly adopt gas as fuel for transportation.
“I am glad that we have started on a positive note with the commencement of the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Program (NGFCP), the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), the flag-off of the National Gas Transportation Code, the marginal field bid round, the flag-off of the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline, and the committee on gas sector-wide review of the domestic gas pricing framework,” Sylva said at the meeting.
According to him: “These programmes and activities are geared towards achieving the mandate handed to us by Mr. President. It is therefore my earnest hope that we will carefully drive these programmes and activities to a logical conclusion.
“On this note, I hereby declare the NGEP as the flagship program of the ministry based on the outstanding work the committee is doing.
“I have surrendered my vehicles to the NGEP to convert all to dual fuel with the use of either AutoLPG or AutoCNG.”
Sylva further stated that on that premise, “I now have the moral backing to direct that all CEOs and their able lieutenants do same by converting all their official vehicles to run on Autogas as a demonstration to the Nigerian people that indeed government meant it when we declare this year “The Year of Gas”.”