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Government’s CNG Drive Endorsed by Indigenous Gas Stakeholders

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A profound transformation is unfolding in Nigeria’s energy sector, which is promising to reshape transportation, stimulate economic growth, and enhance environmental sustainability. At the forefront of this transformation is the adoption of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), CNG’s manifold advantages position it as a central component in Nigeria’s energy strategy. Foremost among these advantages is its cost-effectiveness.

 

With an anticipated price range that is 40% – 60% cheaper than PMS or AGO, CNG offers a compelling alternative to traditional petrol, providing consumers with a more financially viable option. This stable pricing mechanism not only insulates consumers from the volatility of global oil markets but also fosters economic predictability and resilience.

 

Moreover, the environmental benefits of CNG are significant. As Nigeria strives to mitigate its carbon footprint and address environmental concerns, the adoption of CNG presents a tangible solution. Its combustion emits significantly fewer greenhouse gases compared to petrol, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable energy landscape.

 

With the knowledge that Nigeria is actually a gas province, with oil, leveraging our abundant natural gas reserves is crucial. Gas servesn as a domestically sourced energy solution, bolstering energy security and reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. This strategic utilization of domestic resources not only enhances national sovereignty but also stimulates economic development by capitalizing on local assets and reducing the pressure of Forex.

 

CNG also stands out for its safety and stability. Unlike traditional fuels, CNG has limited flammability, reducing the likelihood of accidental combustion and minimizing associated risks. Moreover, CNG cylinders are engineered with stringent safety measures, ensuring their durability and resilience even in the face of challenging conditions.

 

The impact of CNG extends beyond economic and environmental spheres, permeating society at large. Through vehicle conversion initiatives, CNG facilitates a seamless transition for existing vehicles, minimizing the need for extensive infrastructure overhaul. This inclusive approach ensures that individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds can access the benefits of this transformative energy source.

 

Central to the success of Nigeria’s CNG initiative is the government’s unwavering commitment. Through a series of proactive measures, including financial incentives, tax breaks, and subsidies, the government is creating an enabling environment for industry players to thrive. The government’s ambition is to see 1 million CNG vehicles on Nigerian roads by 2027. Achieving this goal involves establishing 1,000 conversion and refueling stations across the nation, a move that is poised to generate over 50,000 jobs. Such efforts underscore the government’s commitment to robust infrastructure development, paving the way for widespread adoption of CNG technology.

 

The government’s pragmatic approach to advancing the CNG agenda is also commendable. Their proactive measures will not only facilitate industry growth but also nurture an enabling environment for indigenous gas players. This commitment to infrastructure development and energy independence heralds a more sustainable and prosperous future, benefiting the industry and society at large.

 

Echoing these sentiments, renewable energy and gas specialist, Adelanke Dayo-Adepoju emphasizes the importance of collaboration in realizing the full potential of CNG. “The synergy between government, industry stakeholders, and the public is paramount,” she asserts. “Together, we can harness the transformative power of CNG, driving Nigeria towards energy security and economic prosperity.”

 

Gas to power, this is gas for industries, and this is delivering opportunity to the people of Nigeria.

 

As Nigeria stands on the precipice of a gas revolution, the opportunities are vast. With strategic leadership, concerted efforts, and a commitment to innovation, the nation is poised to unlock the full potential of CNG, paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

 

“We recognize natural gas not just as a transition fuel but also as a fundamental driver of economic growth and development,” emphasized former Commissioner for Energy, LaSG and a thought leader in the Energy sector, Olalere Odusote. “By embracing CNG, we can enhance energy security, create jobs, and propel Nigeria towards a brighter future for all its citizens.”

 

 

 

 

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