#Ebonyi State begins electric tricycle production to boost IGR, reduce oil dependence


The Ebonyi State Government has said it has commenced production of electric tricycles to boost the state’s internally-generated revenue, provide employment and reduce over-dependence on oil revenues.
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The government lamented the damage that the nation’s oil-based economy has suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
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Special Assistant (SA) to Governor David Umahi on Vocational College, Ms Adaeze Nwaji, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abakaliki.
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Nwaji explained that there was a need to diversify the state’s revenue through converting gasoline tricycles and vehicles to electric and solar energy vehicle, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
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She said “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.
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“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.
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“We are building waste-to-wealth projects by using abandoned containers to construct our tricycles body.
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“We have a technology that enables us to convert gasoline tricycles and vehicles to electric and solar energy vehicles.
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“Before the end of this week, we will have the first Ebonyi made- state tricycles and vehicles”
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Speaking further Nwaji stated that Governor David Umahi had directed the Department of Automobile and Foundry of the college to ensure that the plan was achieved and sustained.
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“Our governor is highly innovative and we are thrilled by his leadership style and we can’t help but get motivated.
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“We are taking it to the next level. Secondly, we have the technology to convert existing gasoline vehicles to electric vehicles.
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“The ones we are manufacturing have solar panel as an alternative power supply especially in the rural areas and this is part of the governor’s zero-oil initiative”.
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“Germany is currently doing this conversion and we will not be left out. We are joining the comity of nations to take a global action

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