The Oasis Reporters
May 7, 2019
When the Federal Government announced plans to introduce solar-powered tricycles and motorcycles into the Nigerian transport system in 2019, it all seemed like a kick and start ploy to earn name and popularity.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this at the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected executives of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle & Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) in Abuja recently.
The minister, who was represented by Dr Anthonia Ekpa, Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration of the Ministry, said the initiative would solve the fuel challenges faced by motorcycles and tricycles riders.
The curious thing about the introduction of electric powered or solar powered tricycles is that they are already in use by private individuals and business organizations in the country.
So what is the Honourable minister introducing again ?
He went on to say that “What we have done is to ensure that we introduce into the Nigeria environment, solar-powered tricycles, we are going to introduce into the sector tricycles that will not need to use fuel and also electric tricycles.
“I want to use this opportunity to also say that we have put it in the 2018 budget to be implemented in 2019 because in the 2018 budget we have what we called green transportation, which under it we have the solar-powered tricycles.
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“We also have in the 2018 budget what we called amphibious vehicles, which is going to be in form of tricycles which can be used on water and on land for those of you in the riverine areas, we hope to purchase that in 2019.”
Technology driven countries like Sweden have already started constructing electric roads that charge batteries for vehicles as they are driven on it. If the Minister was saying that plans were on the way to train Nigeria’s teeming unemployed engineering graduates on constructing electric roads, or the assemblage of Electric tricycles, then one would call that bold, grand and patriotic. It is mediocre to start thinking of importing electric tricycles from China or India at this stage of Nigeria’s evolution and job situation crisis.