As part of measures to cushion the effect of the hike in price of fuel on the citizenry , the Federal Government will commence the conversion of cars and generating plants for the use of gas, free of charge from next month .
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who stated this in Abuja yesterday said Government will do this to lessen the impact of the hike of petrol pump price on the populace, while the measure was also to embrace clean energy to crash the demand for petrol.
According to him , the alternative government is now pursuing, which is definitely going to be cheaper than the subsidised rate of PMS is to encourage Nigerians to convert their cars to dual fuel.
He said “That means your car can use either gas or petrol and that will be done for free because the government is going to ensure that you are able to convert your vehicles for free.
“And when you convert your car for free, you go to the filling station, you see the price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) you see the price of gas, you can decide to buy LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), you can decide to buy LNG (Liquefied Natural gas). These are all going to be available and we are going to have a roll out plan for this within October.
“Nigerians will have alternatives. It is like introducing a toll on the roads. When you introduce a tollgate, you are expected and required by law to also create an alternative. So, we are also creating that alternative so that you can go to buy gas.”
Sylva disclosed that the plan is to allow the least consumer of energy in the country to benefit from the conversion .
It will be recalled that shortly after his assumption of office, he had vowed to provide alternative fuel that would be cheaper and affordable for the common man.