The Compressed Natural Gas, CNG-powered buses of the Ogun State government, tagged: ‘DapoCNG Bus,’ on Monday, commenced operations along the Mowe-Ibafo-Berger, Lagos axis of the state.
The buses, according to the state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Gbenga Dairo, are to operate ahead of the introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, along the axis.
The CNG-powered buses would be operating from 6 am to 9 pm daily from Mondays to Saturdays and 7 am to 6 pm on Sundays, with bus stops at Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro, Arepo, and New Garage in Berger.
Mr. Dairo stated that transport rates on the CNG-powered buses range from N200 to N400 maximum.
The commissioner said that every necessary arrangement has been concluded with all the stakeholders, including transport unions and local government officials, for the smooth take-off of the scheme.
He said, “Expectations are quite high, the services are much anticipated, and the timing of start of operations with Christmas activities at the RCCG Camp much valued by commuters.
“Commuters along that axis are encouraged to patronize these buses as they are convenient, safe, and affordable with promises to give an endearing smooth experience while on the road.”
Meanwhile, announcing the deployment of the CNG technology and e-Mobility, as a better alternative and viable means of transportation in the Gateway State, with the launching on October 30, of 17 converted vehicles in the maiden scheme,
Governor Dapo Abiodun, said that it was a cost-effective transportation system with little impact on the environment and a direct response by his administration, devised to mitigate the adverse impact of fuel subsidy removal on transport costs experienced by commuters in the state.
He said that the scheme, which started along Adatan to the Ita-Oshin corridor in the Abeokuta metropolis, will be extended to other towns and cities in the state.