Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday said the state government would assist private mini bus owners in the state convert to using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as part of palliative to cushion the effects of subsidy removal.

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Abiodun, who disclosed this in an interview in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital said, the state government will this week unveil the first set of vehicles that will be converted from using diesel to Compressed Natural Gas.

He said, “sometime this week, we will be unveiling the first set of vehicles that will be converted from using diesel to using Compressed Natural Gas. That process started some months back.”

He added that his administration has concluded plans to reactivate the state owned ‘Bulk Purchase Program’ under its Gateway Trading.

The governor also said that the introduction of an Energy Transition Plan, which was conceived some months back by his administration would allow the state to migrate from depending on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or diesel to power public transportation to using CNG.

Governor Abiodun disclosed that an infrastructure initiative will be introduced by his administration that would allow community leaders, market women and religious bodies to identify three roads in their area that needs immediate intervention such as reconstruction, repair or maintainance.

“We have what we call the Infrastructure Initiative. I have asked that each local government in unison with leaders in that locality, community leaders, market women, religious bodies identify three roads in each local government for us to immediately begin to either reconstruct, repair or maintain,” he said.

He noted that his administration would be launching it’s E-mobility programme, which he said would allow his administration to retrieve every petrol dependent motorcycle or tricycle and replace them with electricity operated motorcycles and tricycles.