Ogun is setting the pace in tackling energy challenges, says Abiodun

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Tuesday, said the state had continued to set the pace for sustainable transportation systems with the use of alternative sources of energy.

Abiodun stated this while declaring open the 18th National Council of Transportation conference, holding at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta.

The theme of the conference is ”Enhancing Innovations and Technologies for Sustainable Transportation: Tackling the Energy Challenges”.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Transportation, Olugbenga Dairo, said that the theme of the conference is apt as the nation is currently facing a serious energy challenge occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

He noted that the removal of subsidy on fuel had a spiral effect on cost of transportation and other associated utilities.

He noted that ever before the Federal Government rolled out plans for the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) project, the state had taken the initiative by rolling out the CNG compliant vehicles to support green environment and ease the transportation burden faced by the public.

Abiodun added that other alternative sources of energy, which included electric trucks and motorbikes would soon be launched in the state.

He said that the Multi Modal Transport Master plan of the state had created a vista of opportunities for residents and travellers and had enhanced business developments across all strata .

He enjoined delegates to build on the potentiality inherent in cross fertilization of ideas, innovations, technologies.

The governor noted that at the end of the conference, states across the country would have developed a new model in arresting the energy crisis and the nation would be the better for it.

In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr Michael Oloruntola, expressed appreciation to the state government for hosting the conference.

Oloruntola said that the conference sought to uphold the prioritization of innovative technologies that enhanced affordability, accessibility, safety, security and environmental sustainability.

He urged that deliberations at the conference should tilt towards sustainable transport development which would enhance the welfare of Nigerians vis – a-vis creating job opportunities and stimulating economic growth.

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