By Grace Cbigbu
**Kaduna, Nigeria – November 6, 2023** – The Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative (P-CNGi) has taken a significant step forward in the quest to mitigate the impact of subsidy removal with the inauguration of the Kaduna State CNG conversion centre. This visionary facility is designed to convert conventional petrol vehicles into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered vehicles, contributing to Nigeria’s transition to cleaner and more affordable energy solutions.
The Chairman of the P-CNGi steering committee, Zacch Adedeji, emphasized that these conversion centers embody Nigeria’s commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Speaking at the inauguration of the centre on Saturday, Adedeji highlighted the potential of this initiative to reduce operating costs for vehicle owners and significantly decrease carbon emissions.
Adedeji stated, “Today, we break new ground on a journey toward a more sustainable, more affordable, and eco-friendly future. The Renewed Hope agenda of the administration is committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and environmental responsibility.”
The CNG conversion site symbolizes Nigeria’s commitment to an energy revolution that bridges the future with the present. Affordable energy is recognized as crucial, and CNG offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional petrol, making it a practical choice for consumers and businesses alike.
“The CNG conversion site embodies our commitment to ushering in an energy revolution that bridges the future with the present. We recognize that affordable energy is crucial, and CNG is the answer. It provides a more cost-effective alternative to traditional petrol, making it a practical choice for consumers and businesses alike,” Adedeji added.
The Programme Director of P-CNGi, Michael Oluwagbemi, also stressed the significance of this event in the pursuit of cleaner, cost-effective, and environmentally conscious energy solutions.
“But let us remember: this is not just about Kaduna; it is about a nation and a world increasingly conscious of the need for cleaner, more affordable energy. Today, we stand on the precipice of history at the heart of Kaduna, where the vision for a sustainable, affordable, and eco-friendly energy future is about to become a reality. This groundbreaking ceremony is not just the initiation of a new CNG conversion centre; it is the crescendo of an odyssey that began with the commissioning of centres in Lagos and Abuja,” Oluwagbemi declared.
The inauguration of the Kaduna State CNG conversion centre represents a significant milestone in Nigeria’s efforts to embrace alternative and sustainable energy sources. It is not only an investment in the environment but also a commitment to providing cost-effective energy options for both individuals and businesses.
The CNG conversion centres are part of the Federal Government’s broader strategy to mitigate the effects of subsidy removal and promote a more sustainable energy future. By converting conventional petrol vehicles to CNG, this initiative aims to reduce the country’s reliance on traditional fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissions, contributing to a cleaner and greener Nigeria.
As the P-CNGi continues to expand its network of conversion centres, it paves the way for a nationwide transition to CNG-powered vehicles. This transition holds the promise of reducing the financial burden on vehicle owners, as CNG is typically more cost-effective than traditional petrol. Additionally, it aligns with global efforts to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, further positioning Nigeria as a responsible and forward-thinking nation in the realm of sustainable energy.
The Kaduna State CNG conversion centre is not just a local initiative but a part of a broader national and global movement toward cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions. It is a testament to Nigeria’s commitment to environmental responsibility and its dedication to providing affordable energy alternatives that benefit both the economy and the environment.
The P-CNGi’s efforts are poised to make a significant impact in the coming years as more Nigerians embrace CNG as a cleaner and more cost-effective energy source for their vehicles. The newly inaugurated Kaduna State CNG conversion centre marks a significant step forward on this journey towards a more sustainable, affordable, and eco-friendly energy future for Nigeria and the world