The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy-Agba has assured Nigerians and delegates of the 2021 Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) conference of the country readiness to participate in forth-coming COP26 U.N Conference on Climate Change.
2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference.
The conference is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland from Oct.13 to Nov.12, 2021 under the presidency of the United Kingdom.
Jedy-Agba shared the challenges facing the country in delivering energy to the 25 million Nigerians without access to energy using solar home systems and mini-grids.
The Minister said that Nigeria would seek to align its position along an energy transition that was equitable, inclusive and just.
He reiterated that “a just energy transition for Nigeria will feature both clean energy technologies and natural gas, with the aim of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050″.
Jedy-Agba said that Nigeria had developed an Energy Transition Plan on pathways for achieving universal access by 2030 and net-zero targets by 2050.
The Minister said that the figures show this would require investments of over 400bn dollars in excess of business as usual spending between now and 2050.
Dr Daniel Adeuyi, the Chairman of NEF 2021 virtual e-conference, said that a sustainable industrial revolution based on modern energy technologies can accelerate the pace of socio-economic recovery globally post COVID-19.
Adeuyi outlined the scope of the conference and the several benefits being made available to participants who were attending the conference; these include four world class workshops on energy and a lineup of panelists of enviable pedigree.
He enjoined all stake-holders to contribute their strategic insights towards achieving sustainable industrialization, power sector recovery and the goal of a successful transition to net- zero emissions by 2050.
The high level plenary session on COP 26 was chaired by Engr. Adekunle Makinde (NEF Co-Chair) and MrAhmed Zakari, Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure.
“Others include the United Kingdom COP26 Regional Ambassador to Africa, Janet Rogan; USAID (Nigeria)’s Director of Economic Growth & Environment, Colin Dreizin and the African Development Bank’s Director of Energy Financial Solutions Mr Wale Shonibare
“Among others are Jean Paul Adam, Director Technology & Climate change United Nations Economic Commission on Africa were all part of the panelists during the session,”