By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring a rapid and strategic transition to the use of renewable energy.
He said that this would be in response to the worldwide efforts for the preservation of the environment.
The president’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Thursday that Buhari spoke at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change, convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres.
The meeting was held on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States.
At the meeting, the Nigerian leader stressed that his administration had, in August this year, launched a home-grown, data-backed, multi-pronged energy transition plan.
He highlighted some of the details in the plan, saying it was Nigeria’s framework for achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.
The president said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen, bioenergy and waste-to-energy, a pathway would be created for accelerated decarbonisation of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies.
According to him, this is aimed at ensuring low carbon development, while aligning to the country’s broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner.
Buhari said: “The plan also sets out a timeline and framework for the attainment of emissions’ reduction across five key sectors: power, cooking, oil and gas, transport and industry.”
The president affirmed that gas would play a critical role as a transition fuel in Nigeria’s net-zero pathway, particularly in the power and cooking sectors.
“The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector, with large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency and conservation.
“This is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity, with over 90 per cent made up of renewables.”
While expressing his confidence that the plan would put the nation on the path of prosperity, Buhari said that a careful implementation of the strategy would create significant investment opportunities.
He said that it would also engender the establishment and expansion of industries, related to solar energy, hydrogen and electric vehicles.
“It will guide Nigeria’s rapid transition to renewable energy and result in significant job creation, with up to 340,000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840,000 jobs created by 2060; driven mainly by power, cooking and transport sectors,” he added.
He commended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for his tireless efforts in the preparations for the COP27 in November and assured him of the support of the Nigerian Government.