As part of efforts to ensure Nigerians carry out their daily activities without spending much especially during this period when the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the nation’s economy, the Federal Government will begin its plan for the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative to petrol with commercial vehicles.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who made this known during an interview with State House correspondents, said the plan had already been experimented in Edo State on Dangote trucks.
Osinbajo had earlier explained that the CNG is about half the price of petrol and it will cost between N78 and N80 per liter.
A statement made available by the Vice President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Monday, quoted him as saying: “One of the ways is by using Compressed Natural Gas. Government is committed to do the conversion. First of all, we are starting with commercial vehicles.
“Most commercial transporters will have the capacity to use both gas and petrol. That is already being done experimentally in Edo State.
“Dangote, for instance, has converted all his trucks to the use of CNG, and that is 4,000 or even more of those trucks. It is not a particularly difficult thing to do for the commercial transporters, it may be expensive for the individual but that is also part of the commitment of government, to be able to do the conversion, and the price of gas comes at about almost half the price of petrol.”