Academic urges CNG dev., operational refineries to address Nigeria’s energy challenges

Dr Yetunde Aladeitan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Abuja
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By Emmanuella Anokam

An Academic, Dr Yetunde Aladeitan has urged a comprehensive energy strategy that combines Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), improved refinery operations, and investment in renewable energy sources to address Nigeria’s energy challenges.

Aladeitan urged the Federal Government to consider the long-term sustainability and affordability of these energy solutions while addressing the concerns of the citizens.

Aladeitan, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Abuja, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

According to her, the solutions are the most effective approach to addressing Nigeria’s energy challenges.

NAN reports that the Federal Government through the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Initiative Steering Committee recently said seven CNG conversion centres had been established in the country.

The establishment of the CNG conversion centres symbolised the commitment of President Bola Tinubu administration to spearhead energy revolution in the country.

According to Aladeitan, the introduction of CNG-powered engines as a means to offset the removal of fuel subsidies and mitigate high Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) prices in Nigeria is a strategic move.

She said it had the potential to reduce the economic burden on the government and consumers while promoting a more sustainable and cost-effective energy source.

“This transition could have various benefits, including reduced environmental impact and energy security.

“The establishment of CNG conversion and refilling centres for vehicles can be a viable option for improving energy sustainability in Nigeria.

“CNG is a cleaner and more environmentally friendly fuel compared to traditional gasoline or diesel. It can help reduce emissions and air pollution.

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“However, whether its the best solution depends on a variety of factors, and it may not be the only solution to Nigeria’s energy crisis.

“Making refineries work is also important for energy sustainability, as Nigeria has significant oil reserves,’’ the university don said.

She said ensuring the efficient operation of refineries would contribute to domestic fuel production and energy security.

She however, emphasised the need to address the issues and challenges within the existing oil and gas sector to make the option effective.

She further said that the concerns about the cost of CNG compared to PMS were valid.

The lecturer advised that the pricing and affordability of alternative fuels like CNG must be carefully managed to ensure they are accessible and affordable to the general population. (NAN)(

Edited by Ese E. Eniola Williams

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