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Minister assures of Nigeria’s readiness for COP26 conference

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, has assured Nigerians of the country’s readiness to participate in the forthcoming COP26 United Nations (UN) conference on climate change.

Goddy Jedy-Agba
Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba

Jedy-Agba disclosed this at the Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) 2021 virtual conference with the theme: “Powering a Sustainable Industrial Revolution.”

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is scheduled to hold in the city of Glasgow, Scotland from Oct.13 to Nov.12.

Jedy-Agba said that over 25 million Nigerians who were facing energy challenges had resulted to 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.

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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 also said Nigeria had developed an energy transition plan on pathways for achieving universal access by 2030 and net-zero targets by 2050.

He said that the country required investments of over $400 billion between now and 2050 to achieve the set targets.

Dr Daniel Adeuyi, the Chairman of NEF 2021 virtual e-conference, said that a sustainable industrial revolution based on modern energy technologies would accelerate the pace of socio-economic recovery globally post COVID-19.

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Adeuyi outlined the scope and benefits being made available to participants at the conference; these include four world-class workshops on energy and a line-up of panelists of enviable pedigree.

He enjoined all stakeholders to contribute their strategic insights toward achieving sustainable industrialisation, power recovery and goal of a successful transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The high level plenary session on COP 26 was chaired by Adekunle Makinde (NEF Co-Chair) and Mr Ahmed Zakari, Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure.

By Raji Rasak

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