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Reps seek local production of gas-powered vehicles

Reps seek local production of gas-powered vehicles

The House of Representatives has given backing to a proposal for the production of gas-powered vehicles in the country by encouraging investments in gas infrastructure.

A bill to give legal backing to the proposal has passed second reading in the House and had been referred to the committee stage.

The long title of the bill, which was sponsored by a member from Ebonyi State, Mr. Igariwey Iduma-Enwo, reads, “A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Automotive Council Act, Cap. N8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Introduce New Alternative Vehicular Transportation to Utilise Nigerian Gas; and for Related Matters (HB. 1201).”

The proceedings of the House, which The PUNCH obtained in Abuja on Sunday, indicated that the bill sought to utilise the country’s two billion standard cubic feet of gas that was wasted every day.

Iduma-Enwo, while leading the debate on the floor, had recalled that the country had “about 178 sites where gas is flared across the country, predominantly in the Niger Delta Region.”

The brief on the motion added, “According to the Department of Petroleum Resources, this country lost about N523bn worth of revenue from the volume of gas flared between 2015 and 2016.

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