Tinubu Mandates Shift to CNG Vehicles for Government Ministries and Agencies

In a landmark directive aimed at bolstering Nigeria’s energy security and reducing fuel costs, President Bola Tinubu has mandated the procurement of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered vehicles by all government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs). This move is part of a broader effort to transition to cleaner energy sources and to set a precedent for the nation in terms of environmental responsibility and economic prudence.

During a session with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House, President Tinubu expressed his unwavering commitment to the energy reforms initiated by his administration. “This nation will not progress forward if we continue to dance on the same spot. We have the will to drive the implementation of CNG adoption across the country, and we must set the example as public officials in leading the way to that prosperous future that we are working to achieve for our people. It starts with us, and in seeing that we are serious, Nigerians will follow our lead,” he stated.

The President’s directive also includes the rejection of any memos for the purchase of traditional petrol-dependent vehicles, urging members of the council to seek value-driven procurements of CNG-compliant vehicles. This decision is expected to alleviate the burden of high transportation costs on the masses and enhance the standard of living for all Nigerians.

CNG vehicles are known for producing lower emissions compared to their petrol-dependent counterparts, presenting a more affordable alternative for Nigerian energy consumers. The President’s decision is seen as a significant step towards effectively harnessing the nation’s gas potential and setting a sustainable path for the country’s future.

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Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), highlighted the importance of this directive, noting that it is in furtherance of Nigeria’s effort to transition to cleaner energy and to demonstrate the government’s commitment to leading by example.

The move has been widely welcomed by environmental groups and industry experts, who see it as a positive development in Nigeria’s journey towards a greener economy and a reduction in the nation’s carbon footprint.

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