President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving access to affordable, reliable energy and transitioning to the use of cleaner energy, in line with the global target of net-zero emissions.
Net-Zero entails that new emissions were not added to the atmosphere.
The president made the commitment through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a virtual Africa Regional Heads of Government Commonwealth Roundtable, on Thursday, according to a statement, in Abuja, by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the vice president.
Buhari cautioned, however, that an end to international funding for gas, as a fossil fuel, would create dire challenges for gas-producing countries especially in Africa.x
The president said that Nigeria was already transitioning from petrol–Premium Motor Spirit– to natural gas, which was accepted more or less as a transition fuel, the bridge to renewable energy.
According to Buhari, Nigeria supports the goal of the Commonwealth in outlining responsible transition pathways to decarbonise and achieve net and negative zero emissions.
He highlighted the efforts of his administration, through its Economic Sustainability Plan, to provide 5 million homes with cleaner energy through its solar power programme, as well as the Natural Gas Expansion Programme.
“We have the goal of installing solar homes systems in about 5 million homes, which means that 25 million Nigerians would have access to solar power.
“This is under our Economic Sustainability Plan. This is the first phase, and we think that this sort of programme will very quickly ramp up our progress towards zero emission.
“We also have our Natural Gas Expansion Programme, this is where we are using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), to replace the use of Petrol, and this is going on now. We are actually trying to fit and retrofit existing petrol stations, so that the use of cleaner fossil fuels will replace it.x