In the nearest future, residents of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, will fuel their vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which is cheaper and friendly to the environment.
Lagos intends to test-run the project with fleet of buses in the Lagos State Government Bus (LAGBUS) before making it available to members of the public.
We gathered that in Benin City, Edo State, almost all commercial and private vehicles now run on CNG. According to Dr. Joseph Ajoks, a user, it costs just about N1000 to get a full tank of the product which could last for as long as one week, depending on distance covered.
Starconnectmedia was told that when the project took off in Edo State, the owners of the project installed the gas cylinders for free for those who initially embraced the scheme but that they now collect a fee of N50, 000 to install the cylinder in any vehicle that had none. Speaking in Lagos Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engineer Taofiq Ajibade Tijani said the state would test-run the project with LAGBUS, adding that use of gas for vehicles is not only efficient but also friendly to the environment.
“The Ministry is also liaising with key stakeholders to promote gas utilization in the domestic, transportation, industrial and power sectors of the state. These include the use of gas to support the State’s Independent Power Projects (IPP), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for LAGBUS and LAMATA fleet of buses and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for homes across the state”, he said, adding that the state government is deploying oil subsidy fund for the state Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) which he said will avail the first batch of subsidized gas cylinders for Lagosians.
Tijani explained that the state government will soon launch an IPP that will restore 24 hours power supply to Alausa Secretariat adding that the project will eradicate the use of 14 megawatts of diesel generators from Alausa adding that there is oil deposit in some areas in Ikorodu but that it is yet to produced.
He said state government has approved the establishment of Lagos State Oil and Gas Corporation which he said will be responsible for implementing the ministry’s policies in the drive towards energy sufficiency and enable the State to participate in the upstream oil industry, midstream activities and downstream, petroleum products sufficiency
“The legal and institutional framework leading to the establishment of the corporation has received the attention of the Lagos State House of Assembly. It is also interesting to report that the State House of Assembly has recently passed the bill to set up the corporation with the name IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation”, he said.