President Muhammadu Buhari has restated Nigeria’s commitment to a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy in response to the world-wide efforts for the preservation of the environment, saying that the country’s energy transition plan will create about 340,000 jobs by 2030 and up to 840,000 by 2060.
Buhari said this while speaking on Wednesday at a leaders’ closed-door meeting on climate change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres at the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York.
He stressed that his administration had, in August this year, launched a home-grown, data-backed, multi-pronged energy transition plan, which is the country’s framework in achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.
He highlighted some of the details in the plan, saying that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen, bioenergy and waste-to-energy.
Speaking further, the Nigerian leader 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.
He commended Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, for his tireless efforts in the preparations for the COP27 and assured him of the support of the Nigerian government.
Buhari had also called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives