The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has left for the United States (US) with the aim to get support and partnership towards Nigeria’s energy transition plan. This information was given out by the Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President, Abuja. The Vice President left today Wednesday August 31, 2022 in company of the Energy Transition Implementation Working Group, ETWG.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande informed the News Agency of Nigeria that the Vice President will be going for meetings. The meetings will be starting by September 1, and they will be focused on promoting the energy transition plan as well as soliciting for the US government support among other things. The meetings are also to build development partners in the private sector of the United States and other partners.
The Media Office said the meetings were necessary because the project is capital intensive. The project will require at least $10billion annually. This is apart from the regular business expenses for effective execution.
The Vice President is expected to meet with his U.S counterpart, Vice President Kamala Harris, the World Bank Group President, David Malpass, and the U.S Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm. The envoy accompanying him on the trip are: the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi.
Others in the delegation are the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General/CEO for Sustainable Energy for All, Damilola Ogunbiyi, and the Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S Uzoma Emenike. The team is set to return to the country early next week.