The Minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, said that the government has begun the conversion of railway locomotive engines from diesel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Saidu, who spoke on Monday at Idu National Railway Station Abuja, said that the government intends to drastically reduce the cost of maintenance as well as maintain a clean environment against carbon emissions.

The Minister also informed that the target is to bring down the cost of maintenance to about sixty to seventy per cent as well as control carbon emissions, because that is the only way to control local environmental hazards.

He revealed that the test run would begin from Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor, noting that “this has become necessary because the nitro fitting workshop will be taking place in Abuja, designed to aid the test run process beginning on June 11, after which the same can be applied to other corridors across the country.”

June 11, 2024

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