The Ogun State government has announced the arrival of a team of technical engineers from India to begin the process of converting mass transit buses from fuel to Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, as well as converting tricycles and motorcycles to electric.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi who made this known in Abeokuta said the Indian technical team would work on the pilot project by converting twenty buses from diesel to CNG in the first phase of the E-Mobility and Gas Mobility Programme of the state government.
He explained that the conversion process, expected to take between four to six weeks would involve the Bus Mass Transit vehicles currently in operation in Abeokuta, as well as others to be deployed on Mowe – Berger axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The SSG explained that the team would also train locally – based auto mechanics and technicians on CNG conversion to ensure technology transfer and create jobs for the youths.
He gave the assurance that the scheme, expected to take effect in the first Week of August would relieve the harsh effects of subsidy removal on the people, through the provision of cheaper means of transportation.