The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, says the Federal Government is working hard to ensure that the conversion of petrol cars to gas-powered cars is cheap in the country.
The minister said this in a statement issued by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) in Abuja on Thursday.
Sylva gave the assurance during his inspection of the NNPC Auto Gas Dispensing Station and Conversion Centre in Abuja.
“The Federal Government is intensifying efforts to provide Nigerians with auto gas to assuage the effects of rising PMS costs, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ushering in the epoch of increased gas use,” he said.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the conversion process and charged conversion centres to make the safety of the vehicles and their users a priority during the conversion process.
He said that his vehicles and some vehicles in the presidential fleet would soon be converted to gas-powered vehicles as well.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Mr Abdulkadir Saidu, said that government would ensure that auto gas would be made available to the citizens all over the country.
“Nigerians can be rest assured of the Federal Government’s undying commitment to providing a cheaper and cleaner alternative to petrol, as prices have been on an upward climb in recent months, following the deregulation of the downstream sector.
“Aside from the fact that auto gas is cheaper, we are also concerned about making the conversion of cars affordable, so that Nigerians can indeed reap the advantages of this new policy,” he said.
After the inspections, Abdulkadir Saidu, the Executive Secretary of PPPRA, said that some filling stations across the country were already keying into the programme by installing auto gas dispensers at their stations.
He urged Nigerians to embrace the use of auto gas, adding that gas-powered vehicles were cheaper and more environmentally friendly than other vehicles in the market.
Saidu also noted that the majority of vehicles built in the last two decades were well-suited to conversion for dual fuel applications
He said that conversion was safe for all Nigerians who were willing to convert their vehicles.