FG Seeks Closer Ties With West African Countries On Energy Transition

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The Federal Government of Nigeria seeks an effective collaboration between Nigeria and other West African countries on the transition of energy.

While declaring open the two-day International Energy Transition Week, Nigeria–ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) 2022, themed, ‘Achieving Sustainable Energy Targets in the ECOWAS Region: Moving from Resilience to Transition’, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu directed the call specifically to developed countries, to bridge the disparity in energy investments.

He said, “Of the $2.8 trillion invested in renewable energy from 2000 to 2020, only about 2%, or $60 billion, came to Africa. The West African region received just 7% of that, about USD4 billion. To reach our goals, sufficient capital must be made available in the region, and we must do our part in creating the enabling environment for these funds.

“This is a crucial time for us to collaborate as neighbours and work interdependently; leveraging on our cooperation and abundant energy resources to secure for ourselves and our children a sustainable energy market for the socio-economic development of the region.

“In particular, we must work together on strategies and reforms needed to crowd in the investments required for real and impactful projects and progress on the ground. Lack of access to finance remains the biggest challenge for accelerating action on energy access and climate goals in Africa.”

Osinbajo recalled that at COP26, which was held in Glasgow, President Muhammadu Buhari made a commitment on behalf of Nigeria to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060

He added that “The realisation of this goal depends on the implementation of our nation’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) which was recently launched by this administration.”

Report has it that the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, will hold at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov 6th-18th 2022

Speaking during a panel discussion on ‘Fostering Energy Transition Investment in West Africa’, Aliyu said his ministry was working hard to raise the operational capacity of the country’s national grid through the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI).

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