Plans to switch from petrol-powered vehicles to ones that operate on gas are in the works, according to the Ogun State Government, to cut down on carbon emissions.
The FidelinfoNews reports that this information was provided by Governor Dapo Abiodun during a meeting with representatives of the Ogun Central transport union at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta.
He said that the environmental risk presented by carbon emissions was what drove the conversion initiative, known as the “Ogun Going Green Project.”
Abiodun said: “It is no news that Ogun State enjoys the crisscross of gas pipelines coming from the Delta and going to neighbouring countries. This is why we have proliferation of industries, and we have decided to take advantage of the network of gas pipelines. We have ‘Ogun Going Green Project’. This project allows for the reduction of carbon emissions as it is done all over the world.
“We want to start by ensuring that our vehicles utilise other sources of fuel that will reduce the amount of emissions, which is the largest contributor to global warming. So, we are starting with our transportation sector.
“We are going to provide them with vehicles. These vehicles and with the one they have now, will be converted through a pilot project. We will be using a combination of gas and fuel, but the fuel will only be used to start the vehicles and after that, the gas takes over.”
He said the first set of kits for the project would arrive in the state in the next three weeks, adding that buses, trucks and taxis would be the first to benefit from the project, while motorcycles would be converted to electric ones.
The governor added that besides reducing consumption and reliance on fuel, the project would reduce environmental pollution and cost of transportation, as the cost of gas was almost a quarter of that of fossil fuel.
He said the state would facilitate new vehicles for the transporters on a part-payment basis, noting that the Ministry of Transportation had been directed to work out modalities with the unions on how to go about the plans.
Abiodun, who described the transportation sector as the live wire of any economy, said his administration regarded the union members as important stakeholders in achieving its: “Building our Future Together agenda”.
He stressed that transporters were too important to ignore in the scheme of things.
“From time to time, we must sit down with people like this and share with them what the administration has done for the avoidance of doubt and to further solicit from them what we want them to do. We want them to ply the roads responsively. We want them to drive safely and be our ambassadors.
“We want to know what their needs are and what we can do to make road transportation safer and more efficient,” he said.
The governor said his administration had embarked on massive infrastructural development across the state, especially good road network in the three senatorial districts, to ease the movement of goods and people, promising that the current administration would implement workable programmes and policies that would be of benefit to the people.
The Chairman, Ogun State Drivers Association, Akinwunmi Dauda, State Secretary Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) Tiwalade Akingbade and Secretary Ogun State Parks and Management Haruna Adekujo called for the building of a world-class park in the state capital and address of issue of touts, who harassed their members on a daily basis.
2023: Kwara PDP and Fake Campaign Promises- Adebayo Faruk
Since political campaigns have begun proper, the Kwara state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made series of fake campaign promises that Kwarans have welcomed with derision. The recent one was made by the state Publicity Secretary Mr. Tunji Moronfoye. He said PDP would restore the dignity of civil servants if given the opportunity to govern the State in 2023. In the release, he accused the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration of making mess of civil servants’ dignity.
It’s public knowledge that it was Tunji Moronfoye’s PDP that made mess of the dignity of the state’s civil servants. PDP treated civil servants like overused clothes and made them suffer for being diligent and patriotic. It was in the Saraki’s inglorious 20 years that the civil servants were made to work for 30 days only to be paid geri-gedi salaries (amputated salaries), and sometimes no pay at all. Still, workers dare not protest the inhumaneness. Of course, Kwara PDP ruled with iron fist.
Kwara PDP didn’t only owe civil servants salaries, it also halted their promotions. PDP was in power when APC-led federal government implemented the N30,000 minimum wage but it didn’t implement it because it’s committed to desecrating the dignity of the civil servants.
Thanks to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for revamping the dignity of civil servants since he assumed office. The civil servants are no longer in doubt if they would receive their full salaries at the end of the month. The current state government pays salaries as and when due. It implemented the N30,000 minimum wage PDP couldn’t implement. It’s promoting civil servants who are due for promotion. To encourage state’s workers, this government offers the best civil servants gifts and prizes, including a motor car.
If Mr. Tunji Moronfoye wants to be sincere with Kwarans and do away with fake campaign promises, he’ll acknowledge that the AbdulRazaq-led administration is delivering on its campaign promises to civil servants. It’s a known fact that civil servants have been better under the current state government compared to under the Saraki led People’s Democratic Party.
Like other PDP’s fake campaign promises, Tunji Moronfoye has hinted civil servants that the PDP government would return them to the sorry state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq met them from by returning to former Governor Ahmed’s legacy of geri-gedi. This is more reason why Kwarans and most especially civil servants shouldn’t vote to have a PDP government that will inflict pains on them and comfort its party loyalists with their salaries.
Adebayo Faruk writes from Oke-Ose, Ilorin, Kwara state
Kwara State Govt Set To Reward Excellence In Students
The Kwara State Government through the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Affairs is set to reward academic excellence and worthy character among Kwara State students, both in the state and beyond.
Fidel Info reports that this gesture is aimed at enhancing the efforts of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration in putting the welfare of Kwara students first and encouraging excellence for growth and societal development as this is coming few days after the e-payment of students bursary was flagged-off. (more…)
Kwara Govt Approves Scholarship For Nigerian Law Students
Kwara State Government has approved scholarship for Kwara Students in Nigerian Law accross the Country.
Fidel Info reports that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore made this known today in ilorin,while Congratulating the Law School Graduands on their Call-to-Bar Ceremony at the instance of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and the Government of Kwara State.
Dr Abolore reiterated the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Administration’s high level Commitment at ensuring Students welfare are treated with priority attention. This is coming while disbursement of the bursary to kwara state students is also ongoing.
He Congratulated the Graduands on their achievements and charged them to be good ambassadors of the State at various levels
Dr Abolore assured that the Ministry in collaboration with the State Scholarship board would take swift action to ensure that disbursement is offered to the beneficiaries anytime soon
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