Subsidy: Ogun launches CNG buses, sets up gas refilling stations

The Ogun state government has launched the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-fueled mass transit buses to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal, and ease transportation expenses on its citizens

The governor, Dapo Abiodun, while launching the buses at the arcade ground, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Monday, stated that the CNG buses were better, cheaper, cleaner and sustainable means of transportation.

Abiodun added that, “This initiative clearly anticipated the deregulation of the downstream sector and fuel subsidy removal whilst deploying alternative means of running our public transportation with cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness.

“This became imperative considering the urgent need to create a cleaner environment and also to mitigate the effect of climate change which is real caused by the use of fossil fuels (diesel and petrol).

“As your Governor, I am extremely delighted that we are able to commence the implementation of this laudable initiative, and I am bold enough to say that we have come tops again as the first state in the country to record this feat.”

The governor noted that the state has set up a gas refilling station in Obada Oko area of the state, while providing the required infrastructure across the state to support the buses particularly gas re-fueling stations along the routes and terminals.

“This is yet another successful Public Private Partnership with Spiro, a company that has deployed successfully in other parts of the sub region. 

“They have trained our local mechanics who have been actively involved in the conversion engineering and we will be setting up conversion stations across the three  senatorial districts . 

“This will allow us to commence the rapid conversion of commercial public mass transit buses and cars.”

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