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Nigerian Army trains officers on CNG vehicle operation

Initiative Aims to Enhance Operational Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

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The Nigerian Army has embarked on a significant initiative by training eleven officers in the operation of fifteen newly converted compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. This development, disclosed at the Bonny Cantonment in Victoria Island, Lagos, marks a pivotal step towards bolstering the operational capabilities of the force while embracing environmentally sustainable practices.

Addressing the gathering on Thursday, Major General A.A. Adeyinka, Commander of the Corps of Supply and Transport, highlighted the transformative impact of converting vehicles from petrol and diesel engines to CNG-powered engines. He emphasized that this initiative, spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu to mitigate the effects of fuel subsidy removal, aligns with global environmental trends and underscores the Army’s commitment to operational excellence.

Maj. Gen. Adeyinka, representing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, underscored the significance of the initiative, which began with the conversion of fifteen vehicles to CNG compliance in Abuja. The subsequent training of eleven personnel, comprising the Corps of Supply and Transport and the Corps of Mechanical Engineers, underscores the Army’s proactive approach to embracing sustainable energy solutions.

Expressing gratitude for the Army’s leadership in adopting this initiative, Michael Oluwagbemi, Project Director of the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative, commended the institution for its commitment to driving energy transition in the transport sector. Oluwagbemi emphasized the importance of gas as a vital component of Nigeria’s energy landscape, citing its widespread availability and affordability compared to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

This initiative aligns with the Federal Government’s broader strategy to introduce one million CNG-powered vehicles by 2027, as announced by the Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs, Toyin Subaru, during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja last year. With 11,500 CNG-powered buses expected to be deployed by November, the government aims to address transportation challenges and provide a sustainable solution in the wake of fuel subsidy removal.

As Nigeria strives towards a greener and more sustainable future, initiatives such as the conversion of vehicles to CNG offer a promising pathway towards reducing carbon emissions, enhancing energy security, and fostering economic resilience.

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