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FG Committed to Implementing CNG Keke Policy – NOA

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The Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Malam Lanre Isa-Onilu, on Friday restated the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Keke (tricycle) policy.

Isa-Onilu, who said this on Friday at a news conference in Abuja, said that the policy was part of government’s efforts to alleviate the current economic hardship facing the citizens.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a feasible gaseous fuel that is relatively very cheap, environmentally friendly, safe to handle and has abundant available energy.

The director-general added that the policy also geared towards cutting  transportation cost, to ameliorate the suffering of citizens.

According to him, the CNG will offer opportunity to local farmers to move their crops at affordable cost from their farms to the market.

“CNG will reduce fuel dependency and scarcity within the country by a wide margin, as well as strengthen uniformity of national transit system.

“Government will deploy 10,000 CNG filling stations across the country, while private marketers are also in the process of adding CNG points to their business,” NOA boss said.

According to him, the Federal Government is committed in providing Nigerians with affordable energy options. The use of CNG stands as a testament to this commitment.

“CNG offers cost savings for consumers, businesses, and government operations in ensuring that energy remains accessible to all.

“As part  of our environmental stewardship, the adoption of CNG aligns with the government’s goal to create a cleaner and  healthier nation.

“By choosing CNG over traditional petrol, we reduce harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter,  in contributing to improve air quality and smaller carbon footprint.”

The director-general said that government recognised the importance of utilising domestic resources to enhance energy security, by  the promotion of the use of CNG, sourced locally.

This, he added, would reduce dependence on imported petroleum products, as well as supporting national economic resilience.

He restated the agency’s commitment in leveraging on the cost cutting benefits of this CNG Keke, to ensure that its community orientation mobilisation officers reach out to communities with government messages.

According to him, the agency has partnered with the Ecomead company to enlighten Nigerians on the Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Keke tricycle policy.

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, Ecomead Company, Mr Kayode Zubaim, commended NOA for embarking on government’s CNG campaign programme to ensure Nigerians were updated with the policy.

According to him, the provision of CNG  is apt and will  help to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.

He added that the decision of President Bola Tinubu made Ecomead to wear a thinking cap, to contribute its quarter to the nation’s development.

“After carrying out series of research, we are able to come up with a brand that will use both CNG and patrol.

“But the truth is that it is manufactured to use CNG with the capacity of five kilogramme that rider can manage for minimum of one week.

“CNG is environmental friendly and such will help to reduce Nigerians problems,  especially those in the rural communities and communities transport system.

“With NOA partnering with us, we can get across to all part of the country in making sure Nigerians know about CNG Keke ,” he said.

He added  that the issue  of transportation would drastically reduce with the intervention  of CNG  when Nigerians made use to the product .

Mr Shamrat Sharna, Regional Manager, Simba TVS, said  CNG looked new to Nigeria, but the product has been used all over in India.(NAN)

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German-based oil Company Unveils Nollywood Actor, Pete Edochie as Ambassador

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A Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was on Saturday, unveiled as the brand ambassador of Rowe Motor Oil distributed by a German based company, 9th Integrated Energy Solutions Ltd.

Speaking during the endorsement held in Enugu, Mr Okechukwu Benjamin, the Managing Director, of the company, said the deal was a multimillion Naira contract that would last for two years.

The managing director said the deal was renewable after its expiration in 2026.

He said the company chose Edochie because of his class and impeccable character in Africa and beyond as a reputable movie star.

He explained that 9th integrated Energy Solutions Limited was a German company that brought Rowe oil into Africa and owned the franchise for the whole of Africa.

“We are here today to officially unveil Chief Pete Edochie, as the brand ambassador of Rowe oil Nigeria and we are glad that he accepted the offer.

“Our product is a German premium oil that comes with a seal which makes it difficult to be adulterated in the market.

“We have different categories of the oil that would improve Nigerian vehicles, their engine efficiency and save fuel for them.

He added that they sold the oil based on specification of vehicles.

Reacting, Edochie thanked the company for choosing him noting that companies endorsed him as their brand ambassadors because of his reputation and impeccable character.

Edochie popularly known as “Okonkwo and Ebubedike” by his fans, said he had managed to live above board within a society marked with criminal tendencies, describing the offer as a “credible achievement”.

“I am glad to be here and to be made the ambassador of Rowe oil and I am stating my reputation on the quality of this product.

“I have enjoyed a very international marketable reputation for a very long time and I am glad to say that if you go outside this country, first thing they come across as a thespian is Pete Edochie.

“It is a not magic. When I did Things Fall Apart, I became so celebrated even before the Nollywood came into existence.

“There are some parts of the world I am being  moulded and people lean on them to take photographs and pay,” Edochie said.

Speaking on his endorsement, the Nollywood actor, who expressed gladness over the organisation’s choice, said the Rowe oil was unique as it sustained the life of a car.

He said Nigeria had come of age to be introduced into things that were  modern and scientific, hence, there was need for them to patronise the oil due to its quality and effectiveness. (NAN)

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Grammys 2024: Davido Expresses Gratitude to Fans for Support

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Nigerian Afrobeat star, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their show of love and support at the 66th annual Grammy award  in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Grammy-nominated singer, took to his Instagram page @davido to appreciate his fans, as well as the organisers of Grammys award @recordingacademy for their recognition.

The singer congratulated the winners of Grammys on their various categories that night, saying that ’Grammy week was a vibe’.

“Grammy week was a vibe! Thank you for all the love from my supporters and thank you to the @recordingacademy for recognising me.

Big congrats to the winners of the night,” he wrote.

Reports says that the 66th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday, brought  a great disappointment to fans,  due to the loss of  Nigerian music sensations like Davido and Burna Boy, who  failed to win  in their  various nominated categories.

The other three Nigerian artistes nominated that also failed to make the list of winners were Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake.

The music stars failure to win in their nominated categories sparked great disappointment and frustration among fans, lovers of music, as well as the Nigerian music communities.

NAN also reports that the South Africa singer Tyla emerged victorious with her song, “Water” on the Best African Music Performance category

Also, in the much-anticipated Best Global Music Album category, Davido and Burna Boy fell short, with Shakti’s “This Moment” clinching the coveted award.

The standard-bearer of Afrobeat, Davido, earlier celebrated three nominations at the 2024 Grammys; Best Global Music Performance, Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance.

Nigerian music star,  Burna Boy received four nominations in 2024: Best Melodic Rap Performance (“Sittin’ on Top of the World” with 21 Savage).

Others are, Best Global Music Performance (Alone); Best African Music Performance (City Boys) and Best Global Music Album (I Told Them). (NAN)

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Star-studded Film, “Dead Serious” to Hit Cinemas Feb. 9

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Comic Nollywood film, “Dead Serious” starring veteran Nollywood actor Nkem Owoh and ace comedian Oga Sabinus, is to hit cinemas on Feb. 9, its Director, Moses Inwang, has said.
Inwang stated this on his instagram page while sharing the official trailer of the comic film.
He noted: “We are dead serious about bringing you the most hilariously awkward romantic couple this Valentine’s! Prepare to laugh till your sides hurt and shed a few tears as well.


“Brace yourself for the mind-blowing movie, “Dead Serious,” the craziest romantic serious comedy of the year.

“This must-see film will hit cinemas nationwide on Feb.
9.”
The star-studded film also features, Sharon Ooja, Lillian Afegbai, Emem Inwang, Deyemi Okanlawo, and Saeed Mohammed, among others.

Popular skit maker, Lawal Bolaji, Popularly known as’ Nasboi’, also starred in the comic film. (NAN)

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