Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), has inaugurated 2,322 gas-powered Made-in-Nigeria buses bought by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vehicles were procured by the association for its fleets in the 774 local government areas in the country.
Inaugurating the buses on Friday in Abuja, Aliyu said:”It s very exciting to see that all the vehicles were built in Nigeria by an indigenous company.
”I hereby congratulate the Executive National Chairman of RTEAN, Alhaji Musa Maitakobi, for the commitment to buy the Nigerian built OMAA vehicles,” he said.
The director-general further called on all transport associations in the country to emulate the RTEAN and key into the National Gas Expansion Programme, by patronising Made-in-Nigeria Gas Powered Vehicles.
Aliyu said: ”What was witnessed was a testimony to the fact that the implementation of the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) by the NADDC is yielding results.
”The CNG powered vehicles produced locally by OMAA Motors, will make transportation cheaper for the commuters and also save lives and protect the environment because it is a cleaner fuel compared to petrol and diesel.
“As one of the 195 signatories to the Paris Accord on the mitigation of greenhouse gases, Nigeria must leverage on the huge reserves of natural gases as a transition fuel.” (NAN)
•PHOTO: Mr Jelani Aliyu at the inauguration of made-in-Nigeria buses bought by RTEAN