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DPR to Make Petrol Alternatives Available to Nigerians

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that it is working towards making Nigerians use alternatives like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for their vehicles as substitutes to petrol and diesel.

This was proffered by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Mr Sarki Auwalu, when the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, paid an official visit to the headquarters of the department on Thursday in Lagos.

Mr Auwalu said vehicle owners could also use Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) as an alternative, which covers more kilometres on a comparative basis.

He said the gas products, which are cheaper and more effective, were available in Nigeria.

According to him, the petroleum industry regulatory and records maintaining agency is pushing for price freedom so that people can have choices on the type of fuel they want to use.

“The CNG tank will give you the alternative. It is interesting to know that if you buy CNG equivalent of N10,000 to diesel or petrol, the gas will take you to cover more distance.

“It covers about 1.8 kilometres for every one kilometre that petrol or diesel will take you with the same volume and price. To convert your car from fuel to CNG, you don’t need more than N200,000 and it can even be converted free of charge if you join a network of gas supplier,” he said.

The director said that DPR has got the Dangote Group to convert most of its fleet of trucks to CNG and the vehicles are performing optimally.

He said the agency “is now talking to the road transport owners and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to take a cue from Dangote by converting their commercial vehicles to CNG.”

This, he said, is in line with the agency’s push for the Nigeria gas expansion programme which will ensure that the filling system is available at filling station across the country where vehicles can buy CNG.

“We are equally pushing to make conversion kits available. This is also an area of new investment and job creation. We expect companies to invest in this new area of conversion for vehicles to be using both petrol and CNG.

“This will give Nigerians alternative to fuel and it will save the government the huge amount for subsidy and other.’’

According to the DPR chief, in many countries, filling stations sell three kinds of fuel with different prices for people to make their choice based on affordability and type of vehicle.

The director noted that 2020 has been declared as the “year of gas” and that the government “is introducing policies and programmes to make gas available for different purposes.”

On his part, Mr Mohammed after a tour of DPR onshore and offshore tracking facilities hailed the management of the department for their contributions to the growing national economy.

The Minister then charged the DPR management to do more of media advocacy for Nigerians to know more about the work the agency is doing.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Passengers Stranded as Abuja-Kaduna Train Derails

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train were stranded on Friday in the Kubwa area of Abuja when the train conveying them derailed.

According to reports, the incident happened a few distances to its destination at about 3:20 pm and left the passengers frustrated.

Today’s derailment occurred barely a week after 300 stranded passengers on the Warri-Itakpe train missed its track in Kogi State.

In the latest incident, there were no reports of casualties, though the exact reason for the derailment is still sketchy.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), which manages rail transportation in the country, was yet to give an update on the situation.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari revamped the rail system in the country. Loans were taken from China to build rail tracks to ease the movement of people from one point to another.

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Airtel Supports Police for Safety of Lagos Road Users

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

As part of its commitment to support the activities of the police in ensuring the coordination and safety of Lagos road users, Airtel Nigeria has donated some traffic booths.

According to the Commissioner of Police for the Lagos Police Command, Mr Abiodun Alabi, the booths will be placed in strategic locations across the state to serve as an inspiration to other organisations to support the police in the discharging of their duties.

At a brief ceremony to hand over the items at the Lagos State Police headquarters, Ikeja, on Thursday, January 19, 2023, Mr Alabi thanked the telecommunications service provider for the gesture, recounting previous support over the years.

Some of which included the donation of phones to all police commissions in Lagos, donation of patrol vehicles, renovation of Zone 2 Command, renovation of Lekki Phase 1 Police post and the provision of CCTV cameras, etc.

“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman, and the Lagos State Police Command, I would like to thank Airtel for their support to the Nigeria Police over the years and for this particular donation of traffic booths for our traffic officers through its corporate social responsibility.

“Not everyone or every organisation appreciates what the police does for society; therefore, we are pleased to see that Airtel recognizes and supports our effort to carry out our duties optimally,” he said.

Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Communications at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, said, “Over the years, Airtel Nigeria has worked closely with the Lagos Police Command, and we have collaborated on several initiatives with a positive impact towards making Lagos a safer and more secured State to live in and do business.

“We are firm in our resolve to drive the vision of Airtel Africa towards sustainability consistently, and we consistently work to demonstrate this in our deeds through our CSR interventions.

“We are always glad to support the police force in the great work they do daily because we understand that once there is security, people can live and make ends meet without fear, and that is the only way we can say that we have a good society.”

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Traffic Gridlock: Lagos Directs Petrol Stations to Close by 4pm

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Petrol stations located along the major roads in Lagos will now operate from 9 am to 4 pm daily, the Lagos State government has directed.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the move was to curtail the traffic gridlock witnessed around such fuelling stations in the metropolis.

The incessant scarcity of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, in the city and other parts of Nigeria has caused vehicles to queue for the product, causing a clog in vehicular movement.

Most of the queues are seen around petrol stations belonging to major oil marketers because of their pump price. At the moment, most of them sell at the official price of N169 per litre, while other fuelling stations sell between N240 per litre and N260 per litre.

The quest to buy cheaper fuel has forced most motorists to queue for many hours at stations selling the official pump price.

To address traffic caused by the queues and ensure the free flow of vehicular movement in the metropolis, the state government has moved to “regulate the activities of major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads and traffic-prone areas within the state,” according to the statement.

Mr Oladeinde said the state government was not happy with the “indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing to buy petroleum products and often impeding the free flow of traffic on some roads.”

He said the government has now decided to ensure that, “petroleum marketers whose filling stations are situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.”

The Commissioner added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other law enforcement agencies have been charged to ensure a seamless flow of traffic across the State.

Mr Oladeinde urged “all major and independent petroleum marketers operating across the state to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.”

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