President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s rapid transition to renewable energy will result in significant job creation with up to 340,000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840,000 jobs created by 2060.
The President said this at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change, which was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The meeting was convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, before the commencement of the COP27 in November this year.
Buhari renewed the commitment of Nigeria towards ensuring that there was a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy in response to the worldwide efforts for the preservation of the environment.
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 for achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.
The President, while speaking on some of the details in the plan, said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen, bioenergy and waste-to-energy, a pathway would be created for accelerated decarburization of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies towards low carbon development while aligning to our broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner.
He 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,” adding that, “gas will play a critical role as a transition fuel in Nigeria’s net-zero pathway, particularly in the power and cooking sectors.
“The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector with large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency and conservation; and is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity with over 90% made up of renewables.”
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said a careful implementation would create significant investment opportunities as it will engender the establishment and expansion of industries related to solar energy, hydrogen and electric vehicles.
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.