About eight hundred and forty thousand Nigerians would be empowered through the country’s energy transition plan as part of efforts to green the economy against climate change.
A breakdown of the empowerment scheme showed that 170, 000 news jobs would be created in off-grid solar deployment in the power sector; 200, 000 jobs across the supply chain for clean cooking solutions and additional 470, 000 jobs through electric vehicles and off-grid solar.
The Minister of State for Environment, Barr Sharon Ikeazor stated this in Abuja yesterday at a High-level Meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change.
She was worried over the country’s vulnerability to climate change and the huge social, economic and security costs associated with the impact of global warming.
The minister said that economic and developmental aspirations would be compromised if the transition pathways fails to align with the developmental goals since Nigeria is an oil-dependent nation.
Ikeazor stated that with eight years to attaining the deadline for achieving the energy access as captured in Sustainable Development Goals 7 (SDGs -7), that there is a need for strong support to deliver on the ministry’s mandate and Nigeria’s climate commitments.
She said that Nigeria, being a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) actively participated in the negotiations held at the recently concluded 26th edition of Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, from 31 October to 13 November, 2021.
Ikeazor stated that the ministry is positioned to take the lead in aligning Nigeria’s national climate plans and strategies with the country’s energy transition efforts.
President Muhammad Buhari had in November 2021 signed into law the Climate Change Bill passed by the National Assembly.
The law provided an overarching legal framework to articulate a long-term climate plan for Nigeria to achieve a net-zero carbon emission target, prioritise activities for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and among others.
— Chika Okeke is a journalist with MOC and the Publisher/ Editor of Bennyokeke.blogspot.com, an online news platform.
She joined the services of LEADERSHIP Media Group in 2008 as a Reporter where she rose through the ranks as a Senior Reporter to Deputy Editor Daily, Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Sunday and Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Friday.
During her sojourn in LEADERSHIP Media Group, she had covered the activities of FCT Area Councils, Ministries of Tourism and National Orientation, Works & Housing and Environment.
With over one decade in journalism, she was able to explore various reporting and writing techniques such as feature writing, editing, investigation and editing, with over over 300 publications to her credit.
She has covered workshops and conferences, both in Nigeria and abroad.
She is currently the Treasurer, Environment Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) and a member of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).