The Federal Government led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will launch autogas scheme come Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Abuja.
This is inline with the Federal Government’s moves to create alternative fuel for automobiles and other prime movers in the country.
The Chairman, National Gas Expansion Programme, NGEP, Mohammed Ibrahim, stated this at a meeting with media stakeholders on Saturday in Lagos, adding that the autogas scheme and deepening domestic utilisation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, would create about 12.5 million direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.
He disclosed that cars in the presidential fleet had been converted to run on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, and Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG.
The chairman stated that the need to switch from PMS (petrol) to gas was necessitated by the deregulation of petrol by the government, which had led to increment in the pump prices in recent times.
“Gas is a cheaper, safer and cleaner source of energy, hence the need to maximise its utilisation in Nigeria”, he said.
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, according to him had issued new guidelines that were encouraging multi-fuel models for existing filling stations, which would be available nationwide within 30 months.
”We need about 500, 000 conversion engineers in the next 90 days to ensure that the retrofitting of the vehicles go as planned.
“Fifty conversion centres are currently upgrading for mass conversion and trainings and over 30,000 vehicles are already running on dual fuels in Nigeria,” said the chairman.
Speaking further, he said, “to deepen domestic cooking gas usage, the NGEP had set up Micro Distribution Centres, MDC, nationwide to bridge the supply and accessories gap between the market and consumers”.
Ibrahim stated that the MDC scheme would create easy access of cooking gas to police, military and paramilitary barracks and private estates nationwide.
The chairman said the NGEP would also train 10 entrepreneurs from every local government area in the country in the areas of burners, cookers, accessories production and development of MDCs.
“The 90 days training is being undertaken by the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and the Petroleum Trust and Development Fund, PTDF”, he added.
“These entrepreneurs will get their own foundries for manufacturing and will thereafter train others as time goes on.”
The chairman maintained that the NGEP would empower the teeming youths in the country and create jobs for Nigerians.