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Renewable Energy: Kwara Govt Launches CNG Vehicles in Ilorin

In a significant move towards promoting renewable energy, the Kwara State government has initiated the conversion and installation of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles in the state.

The official launch took place at the Rolling Energy station in Ilorin, marking a major step in the state’s environmental sustainability efforts.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, speaking at the event, announced that the state government has successfully converted twenty of its petrol-engine vehicles to natural gas.

He highlighted that this initiative is a direct outcome of President Bola Tinubu’s removal of the oil subsidy, which has historically contributed to the country’s excessive reliance on petrol.

“This exercise reflects our commitment to leveraging the benefits of oil subsidy removal. Between last year and now, the president has endorsed natural gas over petrol, which is safer and more economical,” Governor AbdulRazaq said.

He further emphasized that this conversion would create more job opportunities for the youth in the state.

Mubarak Danbata, Chief Executive Officer of Rolling Energy, also addressed the gathering, urging the public to support the Presidential Conversion of Natural Gas Initiative (P-CNGi).

He assured that the Rolling Energy station is capable of converting six petrol vehicles to CNG daily.

This initiative is part of Nigeria’s broader transition to renewable energy, aimed at reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and promoting cleaner energy sources.

The shift towards CNG is expected to reduce emissions, lower fuel costs, and enhance energy security, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change and transition to sustainable energy solutions.

The conversion of vehicles to CNG is seen as a practical approach to achieving these goals, providing a cleaner, more affordable alternative to traditional petrol.

With continued support from the government and stakeholders, Nigeria’s journey towards renewable energy and environmental sustainability looks promising.

The launch in Kwara State sets a precedent for other states to follow, showcasing the tangible benefits of adopting renewable energy solutions and moving towards a greener future.

The initiative underscores the state’s commitment to environmental stewardship and economic development, highlighting the potential of natural gas as a viable alternative to petrol.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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