*To start conversion across 6 geopolitical zones
*Insists auto gas would reduce environmental pollution in Nigeria
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) set to commence the conversion of petrol-powered vehicles to autogas across its offices in the six geopolitical zones to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal. .
Dr. Bayero Salih-Farah, Director-General of the institute disclosed this yesterday in Zaria, during an interactive session with journalists.
He said the institute has been working on the project for over a year, it built workshops across the country and in the next few weeks, they will start the conversion process.
He said the institute is working in partnership with some manufacturers of the conversion kits, which would be used at its workshops to enable Nigerians have cheaper conversion from PMS to auto gas.
“We have sensitized relevant stakeholders across the country at different fora on the need for Nigerians to migrate from the use of PMS to gas.
“Gas is cheaper than petrol, it is also cleaner and convenient; Nigerians would be able to save a lot of money when they convert their vehicles from petrol to auto gas.
“The cost of transport would come down drastically, because the money required to refill a tank using an auto gas would be 40 per cent lower than the money required filling a tank using petrol,’’ he said.
Bayero Salih Farah added that the use of auto gas would reduce substantial environmental pollution in the country.
He therefore, appealed to Nigerians to take advantage of the initiative.
Also, the Director General said the institute has concluded plans to partner with the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) on knowledge sharing to meet the needs of some of the major institutes projects.
He said, the institute under his stewardship, is working to elevate the standard of NITT to enable it achieve the vision of becoming a leading transport and logistics institute in Africa.
To achieve this, Salih-Farah said, they have upgraded and constructed new structures, established new centers across the country; upgraded, renovated, furnished and equipped many facilities in the institute.
According to him, the facelift of the institute is also aimed at stemming the rising cases of injuries and death resulting from road traffic accidents.