Sustainable Energy: FG pleges to alleviate 5m households from energy poverty

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By Joy Odor

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama has affirmed that the Federal Government is working to alleviate 5 million households and 25 million people from energy poverty.

He gave the assurance when the Chief Executive Officer and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Sustainable Energy, Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi visiited him in his office in Abuja.

The Minister said the country is hoping to achieve zero carbon emission by 2060 with a lot of efforts, advocacy and push to have fuel and also recognise it as a transition fuel.

Mr Onyeama explained that Nigeria is more of a gas producing country than an oil producing economy, as such, looking for gas to be the mainstay of the economy in some years to come.

The Minister who commended the Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi for her key role globally in access to renewable energy, said government is cooperating with the United Nations to electrify these numbers using decentralised solar energy solution.

In her address, the Co-Chair of the United Nations UN-Energy, Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi said Nigeria must act fast if she hoped to alleviate 100 million people out of energy poverty through industrialisation.

According to her, Nigeria should try as much as possible to transit into cleaner sources of fuel and integrate needed renewable into the system.

According to her, the essence of the visit was to find out what Nigeria is doing as regards the transition to a blue economy, take a plan and start implementing it so that Nigeria is not left behind in the global economy.

She cautioned that since the world is moving towards electric cars and the likes, Nigeria must be in the fore front so that her youths can be educated on how to asswmble them instead of becoming a second hand dumping ground for obsolete technology.

Ms. Ogunbiyi, said there must be synergy amongst Nations to do the energy transition together and tackle the problem of climate change as no country can achieve the dreams of tackling the problem alone especially as we are not the cause of climate change but victims of climate change.

She harped that there are immense opportunities in climate change but that one must have an investable document

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