Nigerian car owners who wish to convert their vehicles from petrol enabled to gas-powered cars will have to pay as much as N250,000 the federal government has declared.
Justice Derefaka, Technical Adviser on Gas Business and Policy Implementation to Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for petroleum made this known on Wednesday, 2nd December.
Derefaka added that the conversion can be completed within seven to eight hours by technicians once it is certified that such a vehicle is fit for conversion.
He said, “The conversion of your vehicle is not something that will take three weeks or seven days; it will take you around seven to eight hours because they (technicians) need to do a diagnosis of your vehicle to see if it is fit for conversion. After that, they will test for roadworthiness and then proceed.”
When asked by journalists who will bear the cost of the conversion, the official disclosed that the car owner will pay for the service which according to him is expected to cost between N200,000 to N250,000 or higher depending on the vehicle.
In his words, “The installer will now put some form of mechanism that each time you buy the gas; a certain amount will be deducted to pay for the conversion kit. Some people will say it is too expensive but I don’t think it is because within a period of five to seven months, you’ve already paid off the cost.
“The cost varies, it depends on the cylinder of the vehicle but on the average, it is around N200,000 to N250,000 and this is for a four-cylinder vehicle but it becomes a little bit higher for a six-cylinder vehicle.”
“If you take your vehicle to some of the centres like the one commissioned yesterday (Tuesday), technicians and original equipment manufacturers are there so you can bring your vehicles for conversion to start running on gas.”
Meanwhile, Minister Timipre Sylva had back in September, noted that the federal government will bear the cost of conversion from petrol to gas so as to cushion the effect of the hike in the pump price of petrol.
Naija News recalls President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday had also called on Nigerians to embrace the use of gas which the country has in abundance.
The President made the call during the virtual commissioning of the National Gas Expansion Programme and National Auto-gas Roll-out Initiative at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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