Tinubu Directs MDAs To Patronise NASENI Technologies And Products
From right: President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio representing President Bola Tinubu flanked by the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Khalil Suleiman Halilu, cutting the tape to commission the NASENI CNG Reverse Engineering Centre, Utako, Abuja on Friday May 31, 2024.

By Olushola Okunlade

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in the country to patronise technologies and products of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to support Made-in-Nigeria goods and reduce importation.

Nigeria President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ably represented by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio made the declaration while commissioning NASENI-Portland Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Conversion, Filling, Reverse Engineering, and Training Centre in Utako Abuja on Friday, May 31, 2024.

President Bola Tinubu who doubles as Chairman, NASENI Governing Board, said he is aware that the Agency is in collaboration with private sector players in the commercialisation of its products, noting that the Presidential CNG Initiative (PCNGi), which NASENI has keyed into is the way to tap into Nigeria’s abundant gas resources and to also attain cleaner energy.

Furthermore, he said the use of CNG-powered transportation would reduce pressure on foreign exchange, and save money for vehicle owners by converting fuel-emitting vehicles to CNG. He equally lauded the Agency for working with private sector collaborators in the effort to establish lithium ore processing plant in the country to produce lithium batteries for electric vehicles.

Tinubu Directs MDAs To Patronise NASENI Technologies And Products
From right: Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi; President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Khalil Suleiman Halilu explaining a point on CNG vehicle during the commissioning of NASENI CNG Reverse Engineering Centre, Utako, Abuja on Friday, May 31, 2024.
Tinubu Directs MDAs To Patronise NASENI Technologies And Products
Left-Right: Folajimi Mohammed, Managing Director, Portland Gas Limited; Chairman Senate Committee on NASENI, Sen. Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi; Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Uche Nnaji; President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio; Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Khalil Suleiman Halilu; Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi; and House Committee Chairman on NASENI, Hon. Taofik Ajilesoro listening with rapt attention during the commissioning of NASENI CNG Reverse Engineering Centre, Utako, Abuja on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI, Khalil Suleiman Halilu, said the NASENI-Portland CNG Conversion and Training Centre, a partnership between NASENI and Portland Gas Limited, is a state-of-the-art facility for the conversion of fossil fuel vehicles to CNG, a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative.

He said this facility can convert 15 cars every two hours, translating into an output of 2,700 conversions every month.  “Mr. President, by our calculations, if Nigeria can have 10 of this kind of facility in each of the 36 States and the FCT, we will be able to convert every vehicle in the country to CNG within one year”, he said.

He urged the President to give NASENI approval to convert all the vehicles in the State House fleet to CNG. “We are asking for your approval to do this and showcase our capabilities. Second, we are offering to carry out CNG conversions for every Ministry, Department, and Agency of the Federal Government at a cost.

Equally, to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Halilu said NASENI is willing to make available to its contractors NASENI’S CNG generators, for test-running the lighting project on Bill Clinton Drive (the highway leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport) to encourage them to purchase the Agency’s streetlights for the project.

Godswill messages poured in from the Minister of Petroleum (Gas), Epkerikpo Ekpo; Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malagi; Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Uche Nnaji; Chairman, Senate Committee on NASENI, Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi; and Chairman, House Committee on NASENI, Hon. Taofik Ajilesoro.

The NASENI-Portland CNG Conversion and Training Centre equipped with the latest technology and staffed with trained professionals to ensure efficient and safe conversions, is aimed at building local capacity and domestication of CNG technology.

It offers comprehensive training programmes for technicians, engineers, and other stakeholders, fostering domestication of expertise in CNG systems and promoting the adoption of green energy solutions across the nation.

The NASENI initiative is expected to significantly reduce vehicular emissions, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier environment. Additionally, the adoption of CNG will offer economic benefits by reducing fuel costs for consumers and creating new job opportunities and technical expertise in Nigeria’s green energy sector.

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