Nigeria Will Save $2.5bn Yearly For Every One Million CNG-Powered Vehicles — FG

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The Federal Government, at the weekend, revealed that Nigeria will save about $2.5 billion yearly from every one million vehicles powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Michael Oluwagbemi, programme Director and Chief Executive Officer, the Presidential CNG Initiative (P-CNGi), spoke at the south-south stakeholders’ engagement meeting, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to him, the CNG adoption will also reduce the pressure on foreign reserves and improve the value of the naira.

“For every 1,000,000 vehicles that Nigeria moves from petrol to natural gas, the nation is not just saving between $2.5 billion to $3 billion every year, we are also reducing the pressure on our foreign reserves, increasing the value of our currency, enhancing our export, we are creating jobs, we are enabling technology and innovation for our petroleum and clean energy sectors,” he said.

Oluwagbemi added that aside from ensuring the adoption of CNG, the other mandate of the CNG initiative was to enable financing, as the funding gap for the sector is about $2.5 billion for the next three to four years.

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“We recognise that government alone can not provide all the money. We estimate that less than 20 percent of the financing of the sector will come from the government sector, rather more than 80 percent of this will come from private players” he said.

He said investment in CNG will provide energy security and make Nigerian goods and services competitive as they are being driven by affordable fuel.

Oluwagbemi said over close to six decades, Nigeria has been wasting oil and gas resources while suffering energy poverty.

“Over the last five to six decades, these resources continued to be wasted, with critical implications for our physical and health, as well as the fiscal well-being of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is not just the country with the highest reserves of gas in Africa, but we are also the second highest waster of gas in the world, ranking only after Russia. We are a country that exports crude oil and imports petroleum products. And then waste it and turn around to suffer severe energy poverty,” he added.

The Federal Government started canvassing for the adoption of CNG after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the end of subsidised premium motor spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, on May 29, 2023.