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FG plans to shift energy focus to CNG

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By Mercy Kelani

Through this transition, Nigeria can decrease its reliance on fossil fuels.

The Federal Government emphasized the importance of shifting the nation’s energy focus to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), as a means to generate increased employment opportunities and wealth for the people of Nigeria. Joseph Osanipin, the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), made this statement during a workshop in Keffi on March 4, 2024, to critique and validate the newly created National Occupational Standard (NOS). The NOS in Nigeria is responsible for converting, calibrating, and maintaining CNG/auto gas-powered vehicles as well as servicing and maintaining electric vehicles.

More so, the creation of the NOS being referenced demonstrates the council’s dedication to enhancing skills and advancing the automotive industry. NADDC is actively encouraging the growth of CNG/Auto Gas-Powered and Electric vehicles in Nigeria, while also establishing a supportive ecosystem for their success. By transitioning away from petrol and diesel, Nigeria can decrease its reliance on these fossil fuels and address environmental worries such as greenhouse gas emissions. Diversifying the Nigerian economy will not only create new job opportunities and generate wealth for its people, but also offer a strategic approach to economic growth.

Producing a document that will elevate the auto sector.

Also, the NADDC boss stated that the workshop’s purpose is to gather input from all stakeholders to ensure their perspectives are considered in the creation of this national document. His statement emphasized the importance of producing a document that will elevate the auto sector to a prominent position on the global stage by meeting international standards. Once the framework is up and running, it will connect individuals of all backgrounds, from out-of-school children to working adults, graduates, and apprentices to opportunities for learning new skills and gaining expertise in both traditional educational settings and informal, hands-on experiences.

He implored everyone to dedicate their utmost effort to this important national task. Mr. Osanipin stated that the development of NOS in the Automotive sector was a result of the combined contributions from all stakeholders involved. The director-general highlighted the significance of CNG once again and stressed the essential role of training in its implementation. He stated that having a guideline or manual in place is crucial for effective training to take place. CNG training primarily focuses on the processes of converting, storing, transporting, calibrating, and maintaining natural gas, along with various other aspects.

A manual must be prepared for the trainers to follow.

Furthermore, he insisted that in order for the training to proceed, a manual must be prepared for the trainers to follow. Training must be conducted and a manual is required for its implementation, he stated. He emphasized the importance of preparedness, stating that multiple individuals from diverse sectors would be participating and fulfilling unique responsibilities. The manual should be collaboratively developed by a diverse group of stakeholders, including academics, technicians, individuals with experience in CNG conversions, as well as representatives from ITF and SON.

Once this manual is completed, it will provide the artisans with the essential training they need. This training focuses on developing the skills of artisans through a competency-based approach, aiming to equip them with the necessary technical knowledge to enhance the technical aspects of CNG. There is not a single country that possesses all advantages simultaneously; therefore, it is essential to educate individuals to obtain the necessary skills. This initiative is currently underway. He also spoke in regards to the expensive conversion of CNG vehicles.

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Mr. Osanipin explained that despite the initial cost, choosing CNG can actually be more cost-effective in the long term when considering maintenance expenses. They are prioritizing the benefits over the cost due to the significant advantages they offer, which ultimately outweigh the expense. In addition to the monetary advantages, there are also positive impacts on the social and environmental aspects. The workshop saw a multitude of stakeholders and partners reaffirming their dedication to working together with the NADDC to advance the automotive industry in the nation.

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