Climate Change: Group Wants Govt To Commit 5% To Energy Transition


The Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the federal, state and local governments to commit at least 5 percent of their annual budget to achieving energy transition for a period of 10 years.
This is to enable the country move from the present use of fossils emitting energy to other alternatives, friendly to health and continuous human existence.
Speaking at a media round table in Abuja, the group’s executive director, Dr Godwin Ojo said there is an urgent need for the federal government to make policies on use of renewable energy in the country, as one of the means to tackle environmental pollution which in turn causes climate change.
He also added that the policy will help Nigeria achieve the right energy mix.
“Nigeria should not be left behind in the global shift from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy sources as a response to curbing climate change and its devastating impacts….
In Nigeria, about 70 percent of the 170 million people depend solely on fuelwood for energy and representing one of the world’s highest deforestation rates of 3.5 percent annually. Deforestation and illegal logging are major contributors to climate change that has assumed alarming proportions,” he said.
Ojo also faulted federal government’s commitment of over 17 billion naira to power generation through burning of fossil fuels and purchase of generators instead of tailoring the huge sum to developing solar energy which will help generate 46 Megawatts.
He also added that such action betrays government’s proclaimed commitment to 20 percent unconditional emission reduction based on funding of the green climate and other international fiscal instruments
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