In a bid to diversify and reduce the dependence on oil, the governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, through his Special Assistant at the Vocational College, Barr. Adaeze Nwaji, said that the administration of Umahi have begun the production of elctroc vehicles and tricycles.
Speaking to Journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Nwaji explained that the governor laments the effect of COVID- 19 on the nation’s economy and that is a strong hold on the need to diversify from the norms.
According to the governor: “We are looking forward to seeing a situation where people will no longer depend on fuel but where all the tricycles and vehicles in the state are electrically powered.
“We are working tirelessly to make sure that the governor’s zero oil economy initiatives are implemented. And that’s why we have come up with this.
“We are building waste to wealth projects by using abandoned containers to construct our tricycles body.
“We have a technology that enables us to convert gasoline tricycles and vehicles to Electric and solar energy vehicles.
“Before the end of this week, we will have the first Ebonyi made state Tricycles and vehicles.
Nwaji explained further that the Department of Automobile and foundry of the college have received a directive by the governor to make sure the goal is sustained.
“Our governor is highly innovative and we are thrilled by his leadership style and we can’t help but get motivated.
“We are taking it to the next level. Secondly, we have the technology to convert existing gasoline vehicles to electric vehicles.
“The ones we are manufacturing have solar panel as an alternative power supply, especially in the rural areas and this is part of governor Umahi’s Zero Oil initiative”
She added: “Germany is currently doing this conversion and we will not be left out. We are joining the committee of nations to take global action for the planet earth.
“Electric vehicles will encourage a zero oil economy, protect the planet as it has zero carbon emission.
“As you can see, it does not have an exhaust pipe. We are currently changing our Electric vehicles with Solar as we charge.
“It is a relatively new technology and our organized technical team have spent weeks studying and trying and we are now confident to speak about it. You know, knowledge is power” he stated.