The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Adeleke Mamora, has called on Nigerians to cooperate with the ministry in the deployment of clean energy innovations as well as solutions across the various sectors of the economy. This is meant to be in compliance with the world’s move towards clean energy technology. Mamora, through the Director, Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Dr. Peter Ekweozoh, put the call out at the Project Inception Workshop of the Global CleanTech Innovation Programme (GCIP), which held in Lagos on Thursday. The minister submitted that investment in innovative clean tech is of key importance in climate action.
Mamora announced that the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is collaborating with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to solve the challenge of distributing CleanTech innovations, through the GCIP. To this end, the ministry has set up a steering committee which comprises of experts selected from the public and private sectors of the nation. According to him, the committee is “They are expected to make very important contribution to the development of our dear nation through this laudable project” The project will be in three phases and is expected to be completed in three years. In his words, “Component one is to be coordinated by the private sector represented by the Co-creation Hub; component two is being implemented by the public sector driven by the FMSTI and REA, while UNIDO is in charge of component three.”
The Minister appreciated UNIDO for piloting the project and mobilising resources towards it. He also commended the GEF for the seed fund provided for the work, the department of environmental sciences and technology of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) for not only developing the Nigerian CleanTech Innovation Programme (NC-TIP) but also using the Programme to create the platform for the partnership that is championed by the UNIDO and Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and the Co-Creation Hub for making available, the technical services required in the project.