The recent hike in the price of petrol fuel is gradually making it become an unavoidable reality that Nigerian motorists will soon have to convert all their cars to run on LPG (Cooking gas). This big move is one which Dangote PLC has reportedly wasted no time in taken as new reports claim that the firm recently converted about 4,000 trucks to run on natural gas.
Dangote PLC has reportedly converted about 4,000 of its heavy-duty trucks to run on cooking gas
Dangote PLC seems to be particularly interested in Nigeria’s transportation sector because earlier this year, Dangote Group invested ₦63billion in Enugu Automaker to purchase 3,500 trucks. Now again, the company has been confirmed to have pioneered the move from traditional petrol fuel to LPG (cooking gas). This new development was confirmed by recent reports from the office of Nigeria’s Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. According to the reports, Dangote Company took the Federal Government’s advice and decided to experiment with the conversion of its trucks to run on natural gas in Edo State. The reports confirmed that about 4,000 of Dangote’s trucks have now been successfully converted.
Laolu Akande, the SSA on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, disclosed in the reports that the Federal Government is ready to help Nigerians with the conversion of their vehicles to run on gas. He stated that the conversion of commercial vehicles will come first before private-owned cars. He also claimed that the conversion will enable most Nigerian commercial transporters to use both petrol fuel and gas to power their vehicles. Laolu Akande went further to point out that Dangote Company’s recent conversion of its trucks in Edo state should be a clear indication that the process wouldn’t be difficult for other commercial transporters.
And for those who don’t know, we will like to recall that Dangote PLC has actually been considering the conversion of its truck to run on gas for over a year now. Below is a press video from last year reporting that Dangote is partnering with Ghana to convert its trucks;
Ghana to partner with Dangote to convert trucks for the consumption of gaseous fuel