Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has announced that the federal government is set to introduce solar-powered tricycles and motorcycles into the country’s transportation system this year. He made this known last Thursday in Abuja during the swearing in ceremony of elected executives into various offices of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle & Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).
Representing the Minister at the ceremony, Director of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration of the Ministry, Dr Anthonia Ekpa, stated that the initiative was geared toward putting an end to the fuel challenges riders of tricycles and motorcycles experience in the course of work.
“What we have done is to ensure that we introduce into the Nigeria environment, solar-powered tricycles, we are going to introduce into the sector tricycles that will not need to use fuel and also electric tricycles,”
The Director further revealed that the project was included in the 2018 national budget under green transportation.
“I want to use this opportunity to also say that we have put it in the 2018 budget to be implemented in 2019 because in the 2018 budget we have what we called green transportation, which under it we have the solar-powered tricycles.
We also have in the 2018 budget what we called amphibious vehicles, which is going to be in form of tricycles which can be used on water and on land for those of you in the riverine areas, we hope to purchase that in 2019."
Acknowledging the importance of road transportation, the Minister urged the newly elected president of the union to coordinate his members to be law abiding. Having emerged winner in the highly contested election, the Minister asked that God would grant him the wisdom to lead the organization successfully.
Mr Samsudeen Apelogun, the new president, stated that the organization would work closely with the federal ministry of transportation.
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