On Monday, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, recommended Nigerians to invest in gas-powered commercial vehicles to combat the country’s fuel scarcity.
He claimed that if Nigerians followed Egypt’s lead and ran their commercial cars on gas, the enormous demand for gasoline and diesel would be reduced.
Aregbesola stated this in his speech at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, at the public presentation of a book titled “Dimensions of Energy Poverty and Rural Electrification in Nigeria.”
The book was released to mark the 60th birthday of the author, Dr. Yunus Akintunde, who was the first person in Nigeria to receive a doctorate degree in Energy and Environment.
“However, we may learn a little bit from Egypt, where commercial vehicles, particularly taxis, are fueled by gas,” said Aregbesola, who also served as the event’s chairman. These are ancient Peugeot and Renault cars that are no longer in service in Nigeria and other areas of the world, but have been converted to run on gas and are still in use due to their excellent condition.
“It’s past time for us to steal from this.” A big portion of the demand for gasoline and diesel will be reduced if all of our commercial vehicles run on gas. It will take mechanics less than a week to learn how to make the switch, and all commercial cars will be converted within six months. This will lower the cost of transportation, particularly for those who use public transportation.”