May 1, 2021. OMAA has finally launched its range of dual-fuel natural gas-powered buses into the Nigerian market, which are 30-40 per cent cheaper to run and can be used for various puposes. According to the Managing Director of OMAA, Mr. Chinedu Oguegbu, the buses, which are assembled in Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra State, can be used as passenger bus for school shuttle, commercial transportation, cargo vans for moving farm produce, ambulances for critical life care, logistics van for the burgeoning e-commerce, utility vehicles, and for various other needs of SMEs, large or multinationals, corporate and government agencies. Oguegbu said: “What we are rolling out today is the beginning of a trend that will revolutionize not just the transportation industry, but the energy industry in Africa, by transforming the way we utilize the abundant energy resources available to us— natural gas.” He explained that OMAA is opening not only the technology space as a novel automotive company, but also launching the gas-powered buses using 100 per cent Nigerian talent.
Oguegbu, who could not hide his excitement for unveiling the products said: “For many years, Nigeria has been flaring this valuable source of energy while importing refined petroleum products that’s heavily subsidised at the expense of government investing in education, health care and infrastructure. Our efforts today and the sustained drive in accelerating gas utilisation will change this narrative. More investments in the gas value chain would drive the fuel cost down, thereby leading to increased consumption. This means that electricity, transportation and even food prices will go down.” Beaming searchlight on some of the economics of using the conventional premium motor spirit (petrol) and gas, Oguegbu said that gas was a more affordable source of energy. He said: “Take the OMAA T Series running on CNG that we are unveiling today, on the pump price alone, there is almost 30-40 per cent cost saving. For most fleet operators fuel cost is the largest operating expense. Imagine how this would translate to cost of transport or total cost of doing business across the value chain.” The OMAA helmsman said from his findings as corroborated by available research, gas is also cleaner, with over 90 per cent reduction in CO2 and particulate matter.