By Bukar Bolori
Nigeria has taken a giant stride towards making clean energy accessible to its citizenry as the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi on Tuesday signed the Clean Energy Demand Initiative with the United States of America to sustain Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan.
The signing of the agreement by the two countries was witnessed by the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Mr John Kerry during a working visit to the Ministry, with the Nigeria’s Minister affirming that the latest move would ensure that Nigeria makes clean energy accessible to its citizenry.
The Minister told Kerry that: “We are excited to welcome you and see how we can explore opportunities for collaboration and effective implementation of the set goals”.
He also emphasized that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made progress in its efforts towards achieving net- zero commitment by 2060.
He said: “Part of what we trying to do with the concept of the President is to pass the National Climate Change Act which will mainstream all climate change issues in Nigeria and involve private sector practitioners in climate change activities.”
In his remark, John Kerry described the signing of the Clean Energy Demand Initiative which started in Glasgow as a way by which companies and countries can make decisions to implement the buy-in or the production of green products and to accelerate the marketplace creation that will help the World transit faster to a Clean Energy Economy in order to deal with the Climate crisis.
Kerry further stated that the future and citizens of Nigeria would benefit from cleaner air, and job opportunities that would come with the signing of this pact with support from US Government.
He said: “We would like to explore with you how we can increase the ambition that you have set out already in your Nationally Determined Contribution.”