Nigeria Seeks More Support for Energy Transition

June 17, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigeria and the United States have restated the need to designate gas as a transition fuel in the global net-zero emissions target by 2060.

This came as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs, US State Department, Victoria Nuland, alongside a US delegation including its Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard.

Mr Osinbajo noted the importance of climate financing in helping African countries tackle the effects of climate change and poverty.

Also highlighting Nigeria’s energy transition plan, which proposes the adoption of gas as a transition fuel.

The VP said “we cannot afford at this point, to defund gas projects in developing countries, especially countries such as ours where we have huge hydrocarbon and gas deposits and made a way for us to transit, and at the same time address poverty and other challenges. This is an area I think we can also work jointly and collaboratively in seeking solutions.”

In her remarks, the US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Mrs Victoria Nuland, acknowledged Nigeria’s advocacy for the use of gas as a transition fuel.

“You are absolutely right about gas; I’ve worked a lot on the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Europeans now understand as they try to cut their dependence on Moscow that they need alternative democratic sources of gas and they are waking up to the fact that Nigeria and others countries can fill that gap needed,” Mrs Nuland stated.

She also commended the Vice President for his role in the country’s economic development and the green transition.

“I also want to underscore your role in the economic development of the country and the green transition. And I hope you will give us a sense of the work that you are undertaking now as you strengthen Nigeria’s future obviously through a gas transition to a solar and other green superpowers on this continent and beyond.”

Underscoring the important bilateral relations between the US and Nigeria, Mr Nuland further noted that it was “crucial that Nigeria’s democracy continues to prosper and grow.”

“We have been talking a lot about the upcoming elections and President Buhari’s very important and courageous decision to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power. And we very much look forward from the United States in supporting free, fair and peaceful elections.

“We have to commend the fact that the Government and the President have been sending the message that this needs to be a free and fair election, one that heals and binds the country and one that is safe and secure.”

Mrs Nuland, also noted that the US was also very proud of its work with Nigeria in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic (the US government provided millions of doses of vaccines to Nigeria).

Other members of the US delegation included the Deputy Assistant Secretary for West African Affairs, Mr Mike Gonzales; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, Mr Archie Barrett, among others.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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