As part of efforts to encourage the use of Autogas, the Federal Government has committed to making the conversion of cars affordable so that Nigerians can reap the advantage of the new policy.
Following the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, government has intensified efforts to provide Nigerians with Autogas with a view to mitigate the effects of rising PMS costs in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ushering in the epoch of gas as a better fuel for Nigerians.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Silva, while speaking during an Autogas Dispensing Station and Conversion Inspection Exercise, at the NNPC Autogas Dispensing facility Jahi and Autolady Garage in Abuja, where some government official vehicles were being converted, restated government’s commitment to Autogas as a cheaper and cleaner alternative energy to PMS.
He expressed satisfaction with the conversion process so far, charging conversion centers to make vehicle and user safety a priority during the process, and disclosed that his vehicles and some in the President’s fleet would soon be converted as well.
Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Mr. Abdulkadir Saidu, who was also present at the inspection, assured of government’s commitment to ensure that autogas is soon made available across the country.
“Nigerians can be rest assured of the Government’s undying commitment to providing a cheaper and cleaner alternative to PMS, as prices have been on an upward climb in recent months following the deregulation of the downstream sector,” Saidu said.
“Aside from the fact that autogas is cheaper, we are also concerned about making the conversion of cars affordable so that Nigerians can indeed reap the advantage of this new policy,” he added.
He further disclosed that some filling stations across the country were already keying into the plan by adding Autogas dispensers to their stations, while urging Nigerians to embrace Autogas as gas powered vehicles are cheaper and environmentally friendly than PMS.
While allaying fears about conversion risks, the PPPRA boss explained that the majority of vehicles built in the last two decades were well suited to conversion for dual fuel applications, and are therefore safe for Nigerians willing to convert their vehicles.