In a bid to reduce carbon emission in Ogun State, the state government has revealed plans to convert vehicles running on petrol to gas.
The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, gave the hint during a meeting with the transport union members from Ogun Central at the weekend.
According to a press statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday by the governor’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, the conversion project has been named ‘Ogun Going Green Project’.
Abiodun said, “It is no news that Ogun State enjoys the crisscross of gas pipelines coming from the delta and goes to neighbouring countries that is why we have the proliferation of industries in the state, and we have decided to take advantage of the network of gas pipelines.
“We have the Ogun Going Green Project and that project allows for the reduction of carbon emissions like it is done all over the world.
“We want to start by ensuring that our vehicles utilize other sources of fuel that will reduce the amount of emissions which is the largest contributor to global warming.
“So, we are starting with our transportation sector. We are going to provide them with vehicles and these vehicles and with the one they have now will be converted through a pilot project.
“We will be using a combination of gas and fuel, but the fuel will only be used to start the vehicles and after that, the gas takes over.”
He stated further that the first set of kits for the project would arrive in the state in the next three weeks, adding that buses, trucks and taxis, would be the first to benefit from the project, while motorcycles would be converted to electric ones.