Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday, launched the maiden Compressed Natural Gas- powered Mass Transit Buses, as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal by the Federal Government.
The launch of the CNG-powered buses took place at Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Abiodun, while speaking during the inauguration, said his government would leave no stone unturned at ensuring that it provides the needed relief to the people.
While recalling that Ogun is one of the first states to implement different transport and peculiar allowances to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal, the governor acknowledged that Nigerians are going through difficult times, stressing that “we are all going through a very trying period.
“I will continue to lead from the front in our quest to build a better future together for all of us. Our resolve to the implementation of our ISEYA agenda is unwavering. The CNG conversion success is just the beginning as we will soon be back here at this same venue to launch our mobility program, launching our electric okadas and tricycle.
“About a year ago, we strategically and proactively formulated our Ogun State Energy Transition policy and what you are witnessing today is which commencement of the implementation, by deploying the use of CNG-fuelled mass transit buses and our e-mobility for motorcycles and tricycles. These are better, cheaper, cleaner and sustainable means of transportation in our dear state.
“This initiative clearly anticipated the deregulation of the downstream sector and fuel subsidy removal whilst deploying alternative means of running our public transportation with cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness.”
Abiodun, while noting that the government has set up a gas refilling station in Obada Oko, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, added that it is providing the required infrastructure across the state to support the buses, particularly gas refuelling stations along the routes and terminals.