FG to convert Nigerian cars from petrol to gas from October
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has announced that the federal government will begin conversion of cars and generating plants from petrol to gas fuelling in October.
Sylva disclosed this while speaking on NTA on Monday during the programme “Good Morning Nigeria”.
Sylva drew attention of his audience to his initial plan to provide alternative fuel, the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), in the twilight of his appointment as Minister.
According to him, the alternative fuel will be cheaper and affordable for the common man and is part of as measure to assuage the impact of the recent hike of petrol pump price.
He promised that the Federal Government will convert the vehicles free of charge which will be fueled by petrol and gas with the right calibration.
He said: “The alternative we are now introducing is gas, which is definitely going to be cheaper than the subsidised 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.
“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.”