Government Urges Private Sector To Spearhead CNG Initiative
By Faridat Salifu
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has emphasized the pivotal role of the private sector in driving the implementation of the Federal Government’s Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) initiative.
Idris gave the charge while delivering a Keynote Address at the 40th graduation of CNG Conversion Technicians and the opening of the ABG CNG Plant.
A statement issued by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Rabiu Ibrahim, in Abuja on Tuesday, noted that the Minister lauded President Bola Tinubu’s visionary leadership in championing the adoption of CNG as the predominant fuel for commercial and private vehicles.
Idris described the inauguration of the ABG CNG Plant and the graduation of 40 CNG Conversion Technicians, as timely and commended the ABG Group for its efforts in promoting CNG as a cost-effective alternative within the transportation sector.
The Minister underscored the significance of CNG as the future of energy and stressed the need for Nigerian entrepreneurs to leverage government policies by investing in the required human and material resources to expand CNG infrastructure nationwide.
He further highlighted the government’s initial commitment of N100 billion towards the CNG initiative and acknowledged the Nigerian Labour Congress’s collaboration with the Federal Government in support of CNG.
On his part, Chairman of the ABG Group, Alhaji Bawa Garba, emphasized the importance of government backing and patronage for CNG as a clean energy solution to position Nigeria as a ‘Gas Nation.’ Garba also expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the bold decision to embrace CNG, noting the company’s commitment to training numerous CNG conversion engineers across the country.
The government’s call for the private sector to drive the CNG initiative reflects a concerted effort to create a conducive environment for sustainable energy solutions while fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria.