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National Economic Council Greenlights Ambitious Nationwide Rollout of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Electric Vehicles (EV)

In a significant move towards a greener and sustainable future, the National Economic Council (NEC) has given its full endorsement to the ambitious proposal of mass deployment of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Electric Vehicles (EV) for public transportation across all states in the country.

Announced by the Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Olusola Abiola, the decision came as a result of intensive discussions held during the NEC meeting, which was chaired by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Vice President Shettima reaffirmed the federal government’s strong commitment to pursuing a cleaner transportation future. He emphasized that the focus would be on accelerating the adoption of CNG-powered vehicles in the short-term, along with the establishment of autogas conversion plants/kits in all states. Additionally, the government aims to introduce electric buses and cars equipped with charging infrastructure throughout the country.

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The endorsement of the mass deployment of CNG vehicles is seen as a step towards reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and mitigating the impacts of climate change. CNG is known for being a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels, and its widespread use is expected to curb harmful emissions and improve air quality.

Moreover, the introduction of electric vehicles will play a pivotal role in furthering the country’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions. EVs offer a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and promote a shift away from reliance on finite fossil fuel resources.

The initiative is anticipated to have multiple benefits, including reducing transportation-related pollution, enhancing energy security, and stimulating economic growth through the establishment of new industries associated with cleaner technologies.

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As the NEC’s endorsement marks a critical milestone in the country’s journey towards a more sustainable transportation sector, the federal government, along with relevant stakeholders, will work diligently to ensure the successful implementation of this ambitious plan.

With this groundbreaking decision, Nigeria is poised to become a leader in adopting environmentally friendly transportation solutions, setting an inspiring example for other nations to follow in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.

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