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Public transportation: Bello inspects proposed eco-friendly mass transit bus

Dec, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has reaffirmed the commitment of FCT Administration (FCTA) towards achieving zero carbon emission in Abuja city by the year 2070. The Minister gave the assurance in Abuja recently shortly after inspecting the mass transit 'Eco Green bus' being proposed for use in FCT by a natural gas-powered vehicle manufacturer, Austrian Technologies Nigeria Limited.

The Minister, who restated that Abuja was conceptualized to be a green city by at least 40 per cent, said FCTA is committed to implementation of the pledge made by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, which held from 31 October – 12 November 2021, for Nigeria to achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2070.

He also revealed that Abuja was part of a group of six nations from the northern and southern hemispheres committed to meeting the challenges of climate change and was also admitted as part of a research programme known as Institute for Future cities run by a university in the United Kingdom.

The Minister said: “Abuja, being a new city, we have a lot of the fundamentals to be able to achieve zero carbon emission and that's why they admitted us and then we are going to work towards seeing how we can eliminate and become carbon emission-free before 2070.” Malam Bello then indicated FCTA's readiness to look closely at the proposal from Austrian Technologies Nigeria Ltd to see the possibilities for deployment.

Earlier, while explaining the functionalities of the proposed eco- friendly mass transit bus, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Austrian Technologies Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Johann Rieger, said the buses were equipped with gas engines of higher emission standards (Euro 5) with no toxin, smog or smoke which guaranteed reduced noise and lower fuel costs and had the capacity to carry about 100 passengers in peak hours.

He added that the bus system also had other special features designed to reduce road fatalities, save fuel as well as reduce the cost of maintenance. Mr. Rieger also disclosed that his company plans to build a training school, using bus simulators that would allow drivers to be trained in a quiet classroom environment without burning fuel or blocking the roads while training.

The FCT Minister, along with other staff of FCTA, took a tour of the bus, asking relevant technical and financial questions in the process. Present at the event were FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola; Managing Director (MD), Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company, Abdulrazak Oniyangi; Director, Projects, in FCT Minister's Office, Saka Isiaka Ahmed; Directors from FCTA's Transportation Secretariat and other FCTA top functionaries.


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