Monday, September 26, 2022

Climate Change: Nigeria, US Sign MoU On Clean Energy Demand 

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L-R: The Minister of State for Environment, Udi Udom, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi and US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard during the signing ceremony at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

The Nigerian government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States of America (USA) on Clean Energy Demand Initiative to help Nigeria meet her nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as well as sustain the government’s energy transition plan.

Speaking during the brief ceremony held yesterday (September 13, 2022) in Abuja, the Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, who signed the agreement witnessed by the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, affirmed that the agreement will ensure that Nigeria makes clean energy accessible to her citizenry. 

“We are excited to welcome you and see how we can explore opportunities for collaboration and effective implementation of the set goals”. 

Speaking further, the minister emphasised that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made progress towards achieving net- zero commitment by 2060.   

“Part of what we trying to do with the concept of the president is to pass the National Climate Change Act to mainstream all climate change issues in Nigeria and involve private sector practitioners in climate change activities,” the minister emphasised. 

In his remark, Kerry described the signing of the Clean Energy Demand Initiative which started in Glasgow as an avenue for companies and countries to make decisions to implement the buy-in or production of green products and to accelerate the marketplace creation that will help the world transit faster to a clean energy economy, to deal with the climate crisis.

In a statement by the head, press and public relations, Amodu Danjuma, Kerry further stated that the future and citizens of Nigeria would benefit from cleaner air and job opportunities that would come with the signing of this pact with support from his country’s government.

“We would like to explore with you how we can increase the ambition that you have set out already in your nationally determined contribution (NDCs),” the US envoy assured.

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