Ogun State Is The First To Commission CNG Powered Mass Transit Buses In Nigeria

The Ogun State Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo, at the annual colloquium of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps TRACE, held on November 29, 2023, said Ogun State is the first to convert and commission CNG Powered Mass Transit Buses in Nigeria.

The Commissioner, who also discussed the benefits of utilizing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in the State and how it has the potential to revolutionize road transport also acknowledged the multifaceted nature of the traffic challenges in the state and indeed Nigeria as a whole, emphasizing the impacts of rapid urbanization, population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and inefficient public transportation systems contributing to the complexities of traffic congestion in our cities.

He stressed that the consequence is not only reflected in the hindrance to economic productivity but serves as a strain on the environment and it is detrimental to the quality of life for the citizens. 

“However, through strategic capacity-building initiatives and the deployment of innovative traffic management solutions, there is a clear path forward to address these challenges proactively,” Engr. Dairo said

He added that the impact of traffic congestion on cities in Ogun, such as Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Sango-Ota, and others cannot be overstated, saying, “It is vital that we explore proactive measures to alleviate this burden. While the challenges are substantial, there exists the potential for significant improvements through targeted capacity building and the implementation of effective traffic management solutions.”

Dairo appreciated the proactiveness of Prince Dapo Abiodun for commencing the conversion of 17 Diesel-powered State-owned Mass Transit Buses into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled buses in February 2023 long before the removal of the Petrol Subsidy.

Today, according to him, Ogun State is the first to convert and commission CNG Powered Mass Transit Buses in Nigeria.

It has taken further steps in the mapping out of terminals and construction of same in the distribution of the buses across the length and breadth of the State to ease the challenges faced by residents due to the removal of oil fuel subsidy. 

“Ogun State is known for its significant contribution to Nigeria’s economy and has been experiencing rapid urbanization, which has led to increased congestion and pollution. The need for sustainable and efficient transportation solutions has never been more critical, and the introduction of CNG buses could be a game-changer for the state.”

“The benefits of transitioning to CNG buses are abundant and far-reaching. Firstly, CNG is a cleaner fuel compared to traditional diesel and petrol, emitting fewer pollutants that contribute to air pollution and health issues. “

“By adopting CNG buses, Ogun State can significantly reduce its carbon footprint and improve air quality, thereby enhancing the well-being of its citizens and preserving the environment for future generations.”

“Furthermore, the financial advantages of CNG buses cannot be understand. CNG is more cost-effective compared to diesel or petrol, providing significant savings in fuel expenses for transportation operators and the government.” 

“This reduction in operating costs can be directed towards improving public transport infrastructure, enhancing the overall quality of transportation services in the state.”

On Monday 1, December, the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses of the Ogun State Government, tagged ‘DapoCNG Bus’, commenced operations along the Mowe-Ibafo-Berger, Lagos axis of the state.

The buses, according to Mr. Gbenga Dairo, the state Commissioner for Transportation, are to operate ahead of the introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the axis.

They would be operating from 6 am to 9 pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 7 am to 6 pm on Sundays with bus stops at Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro, Arepo, and New Garage in Berger.

According to Mr. Dairo, transport rates on the CNG-powered buses range from N200 to N400 maximum.

The commissioner said every necessary arrangement has been concluded with all the stakeholders, including transport unions and local government officials, for the smooth take-off of the scheme. 

“Expectations are quite high, the services are much anticipated, and the timing of the start of operations with Christmas activities at the RCCG camp much valued by commuters”

“Commuters along that axis are encouraged to patronize these buses as they are convenient, safe, and affordable with promises to give an endearing smooth experience while on the road,” Dairo said.

He said the scheme, which started along Adatan to the Ita-Oshin corridor in the Abeokuta metropolis, will be extended to other locations in the state.

Source: Independent

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