There is finally some solace for Nigerians amid the hike in fuel and electricity prices as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, announced that the Federal Government will start converting the cars and generators of Nigerians to run on gas from October 2020.

Mr Sylva who revealed this on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ on Monday, September 14, said the conversion will be done free of charge for all Nigerians to cushion the effect of the hike in the pump price of petrol.

While explaining that cars are capable of running on both gas and petrol, the minister said the move would reduce carbon emissions as well as the demand for Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol.

Mr Sylva said, “The alternative we are now introducing is gas, which is definitely going to be cheaper than the subsidized rate of PMS. So, what we are trying to encourage Nigerians to do now is to convert their cars to dual fuel. That means your car can use either gas or petrol and that will be done for free because the government is going to ensure that you are able to convert your vehicles for free.

He explained further, “And when you convert your car for free, you go to the filling station, you see the price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) you see the price of gas, you can decide to buy LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), you can decide to buy LNG (Liquefied Natural gas). These are all going to be available and we are going to have a roll-out plan for this within October. Nigerians will have alternatives. It is like introducing a toll on the roads. When you introduce a tollgate, you are expected and required by law to also create an alternative. So, we are also creating that alternative so that you can go to buy gas.”

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According to the Minister, the Federal Government launched a similar pilot scheme successfully with commercial tricycles in Port Harcourt which they converted to gas.

 

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