Tinubu unveils NASENI CNG Centre in Abuja

…Says we’ll make Nigeria African hub of global electric vehicle revolution

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday commissioned the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Reverse Engineering Training, Filling and Conversion Centre in Abuja.

 The president was represented at the event by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

In his address, President Tinubu said, “Our administration’s Presidential Initiative on Compressed Natural Gas Initiative (PiCNG) is a flagship programme by which we are actively supporting a private-sector-led rollout of critical gas infrastructure to drive innovation and industrialisation in Nigeria.

“It is also a major contribution to our vision of fully harnessing Nigeria’s immense gas resources, as a transition fuel on the journey to net-zero, as envisaged by our Energy Transition Plan(ETP).

“Let me say that we are equally focused on the full range of energy options for powering the Nigerian transport sector. So, in addition to gas, electric vehicles are a major plank of our overall strategy.”

He added that he was aware that NASENI was championing efforts in the area of Electric Vehicle Revolution through manufacturing of lithium batteries in the country. 

“We can and will make Nigeria an African hub of the global Electric Vehicle revolution. Fortunately for us, Nigeria is blessed with abundant deposits of lithium, a key mineral in the development of Electric Vehicle batteries.

“We have put in a lot of work on the way to the full implementation of the PiCNG, and this commissioning today is testament to the success of our efforts.

“NASENI’s contribution to the development of technical and human capacity for converting engines to CNG demonstrates that we are a government that not only points out where we are headed, but also strives to lead by example.”

Continuing, the president said, “As the chair of the Governing Board of NASENI, I will continue to provide oversight and overall leadership for the attainment of NASENI’s Strategic Launchpad aspirations.

“We will transform this agency into a model of public sector excellence and of public-private partnership.”

Earlier, the executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer of NASENI, Khali Halilu, said the Centre was developed in partnership with Portland and Kia, thus demonstrating NASENI’s collaborative approach, and to leverage on existing infrastructure to achieve the agency’s mandate.

He said the facility commissioned could convert 15 cars every two hours, translating into an output of 2, 700 conversions every month.

“Mr. President, by our calculations, if Nigeria is able to have 10 of this kind of facility in each of the 36 states and the FCT, we will be able to convert every vehicle in the country to CNG within one year,” he said.