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FG Debunks Refurbishment Story, Says New CNG Mass Transit Buses, Tricycles On The Way

The Presidential CNG Initiative, PCNGi, has dissociation itself from viral media reports of a sinister plot to repair and repackage old, dilapidated and  refurbished vehicles for public use as new buses under the PCNG Initiative.

RovingNaija recalls that the allegation gained currency in the week when a video showing ongoing makeover of a large number of old and abandoned vehicles purported to belong to an unnamed federal government agency, surfaced on social media platforms.

However, in a press statement sent to RovingNaija by its Media Desk, the Presidential CNG Initiative denies the report while stating that the allegations are unfounded and a deliberate ploy to tarnish Government’s image.

The statement reads:

We note with utter dismay the false narrative being peddled by some social media platforms alleging that some diesel buses being refurbished or repainted in videos obtained by questionable sources and posted by them were part of the PCNG initiative. We wish to inform the Nigerian public that the report is FALSE in its entirety and the alleged buses cited in the fake news are not part of the proposed initiative.

It is disappointing that the well-intentioned program of the President to bring succour to the Nigerian public by enabling the deployment of alternatively fueled vehicles, that is cheaper and cleaner, including buses and tricycles for mass transportation via the Presidential CNG Initiative, PCNGi is continually being attacked with false reports aimed at misleading the people.

Indeed, the Presidential CNG Initiative is being seeded with 100 billion naira under the palliative program, and designed to catalyze an Auto-gas and EV revolution in the mass transit and transportation sector. The plan includes leveraging over 11,500 CNG and electric fueled vehicles, as well as the deployment of 55,000 conversion kits to ultimately reduce the cost of transportation for Nigerians and alleviate rising cost of living.

In line with the Renewed Hope Agenda, the PCNGi is totally committed to delivering on the President’s vision without any distraction under the able leadership of its steering committee led by FIRS Chairman, Mr. Zacch Adedeji and his colleagues.

We are delighted to reassure Nigerians that the program is on course to deliver on these objectives going by the milestones achieved by the PCNGi in the last few weeks which include strategic technical partnerships and the ongoing commissioning of several CNG Conversion centers in key States across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Ogun, and Rivers, with many others to follow in the next few weeks.

In addition, the initiative is primed to stimulate investments and job creation into related sectors such as gas delivery via pipelines and virtual pipelines, re-gasification facilities in all 6 zones of the country and using LNG to transport gas to every nook and cranny of the country so that no part of the country is left out.

We hereby urge Nigerians to be patient. The buses, tricycles and converter kits are on their way. A considerable quantity of these will also ultimately be assembled in Nigeria in furtherance of the localization and industrialization policy of the administration.

The imperative of this strategic and necessary energy transition is further driven by the personal commitments of Mr. President during the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference is clear given Nigeria’s dominance as host of Africa’s largest gas reserves and also the number two gas flaring country in the world. The President is determined to turn this resource to a blessing for ordinary Nigerians by underwriting a more prosperous future with this investment. Certainly, no disinformation will stand in the way of this laudable intent and execution now ongoing.

We also call on Media houses peddling false rumours about the initiative to get their facts straight. No doubt, government agencies with existing bus fleet do conduct periodic maintenance and refurbishment of their platforms as a matter of routine necessity. The fourth estate should be partners in progress not captains of disinformation.

We commend other responsible media bodies who have reached out to us for clarification and we recommit ourselves to complete transparency and partnership on this revolutionary public-good initiative.

CNG is cheaper, cleaner, and safer. Together, we can deliver a more reliable CNG Future.

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Olusegun Fayose

Olusegun Sunday Fayose, founder of RovingNaija.com is a Marketing Communication executive with experience in Corporate Communication, Public Relations, Branding and Advertising. He is also a seasoned media professional with roots in print, broadcast and online journalism. Segun, who last managed the Group Corporate Communication function of MultiChoice Nigeria, is upbeat that through responsible, fair, accurate and courageous reporting; and the support of readers, followers and patrons, Nigeria takes a step closer to a regime of accountability, fairness and equity in governance.

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