Extractive360 Begins ‘Exclusion To Inclusion’ Project Implementation With Sensitization Radio Programs

Artisanal refining

By Kelvin Alohan

Extractive360 has begun implementation of a project titled ‘From Exclusion to Inclusion in National Just Transition Plans’ under the auspices of the Extractive Industry and Climate Change Governance Project, with a series of radio programs.

The project, aimed at integrating the perspectives of marginalized voices, such as women and artisanal refiners, into Nigeria’s policy on the energy transition discourse, is being implemented in partnership with Spaces for Change (S4C) and donor support from the Ghana based Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).

Resource person, Clever Donokoromor (2nd from right) and other team members with the program presenter at Quest FM, Ughelli, Delta State

Other components of the project include a research to identify the gaps in national just energy transition agenda and document local perspective for inclusion; and the creation of new spaces at the local levels for deliberations and participation in national just transition discourse.

Tagged Just Energy Transition (JET) half hour, the project will feature 12 editions of the radio program in Extractive360’s focal states of Akwa Ibom and Delta, both in Nigeria’s oil and gas rich region.

The resource person during the live program at Quest FM studio

Topics such as Understanding the concept of just energy transition, Safeguarding civic and human rights in just transition, Role of strategic alliance in just transition, Knowledge transfer and community ownership in just transition, Opportunities for mainstreaming marginalized voices into national and global transition plans etc., have being outlined, with competent experts listed to discuss them in local languages, pidgin and English.

Program presenter live on air during the Just Energy Transition half hour on Redemption FM, Abak, Akwa Ibom State

The topic ‘Understanding the concept of just transition’ was discussed in week one of the program with Juliet Ukanwosu, Founder, Extractive360, and Clever Donokoromor, Coordinator, Delta State modular refinery cooperative, as resource persons in Akwa Ibom and Delta states, respectively. The edition was designed to provide communities with a general understanding of what energy transition means, in the simplest terms, and what constitutes a just transition, to set a foundation for broader discussions.

Talking points, as captured in the below off-air recordings, covered background to energy transition, how it affects oil rich communities and why they should care, role of stakeholders such as traditional and community leaders, CSOs and government bodies, in ensuring Nigeria achieves just transition, as well as benefits of just transition to the country.

The program was presented in English (audio 1) on Redemption Fm, Akwa Ibom state, and in Ijaw local language (audio 2) on Quest FM, Delta state. Click the recordings below to listen.



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