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This Week: Transport News In Brief

This week: Transport news in Brief

Welcome readers! Join us as we move around the continent to catch up on the latest transport updates!

Nigeria: NNPC Intervenes, Rolls out 12 New CNG Stations to Combat High Transport Costs

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC), in partnership with NIPCO, has commissioned 12 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Abuja and Lagos to mitigate high transport costs after the fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu.

As part of the Presidential CNG initiative, NNPC and NIPCO plan to build 35 CNG stations nationwide for various vehicles. Six new stations in both Lagos and Abuja were recently commissioned by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo.

NNPC CEO Mele Kyari highlighted that this CNG expansion aims to stabilize fuel costs and is an irreversible initiative. Additionally, three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations will be constructed in Ajaokuta.

Kenya: Bus operators halt services to Kenya amid protests

Bus operators in Uganda halted services to Kenya due to escalating Anti-Tax Bill protests, disrupting cross-border transport.

Nelson Ssekandi, manager of Namayiba Bus Terminal in Kampala, reported that a bus returning from Kenya was attacked, and passengers’ luggage was stolen. Typically, 13 to 15 buses travel to Kenya daily, but only eight attempted the journey yesterday. Six returned before reaching the border, and only two crossed into Kenya.

Passengers like Charles Chui and Anthony Ouma remain stranded due to increased fares and safety concerns. Simba Bus reduced its trips to Kenya from three to two daily until when the situation improves.

The protests in Kenya have resulted in six deaths and over 100 injuries. President William Ruto announced he would not sign the Finance Bill, 2024, which sparked the unrest.

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