By Kelvin Alohan
The third edition of extractive360’s Just Energy Transition (JET) half hour on Redemption 101.5Fm, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, focused on how perceived historical injustice and grievances in Nigeria’s oil and gas rich region can be a challenge to the country’s energy transition plans.
Speaking on the topic; ‘Historical Injustice as a Challenge to Just Transition in Nigeria,’ Nsima Udom, Executive Director, Safer Communities and Sustainable Development Initiative, Akwa Ibom State, extensively discussed perceived injustice and grievances, such as poor benefits transfer, land devastation, water and air pollution etc., plaguing the Niger Delta.
He gave examples of devastating challenges facing communities in oil rich states, and emphasized on how these issues could be resolved in the interest of the people who have long lived with the negative consequences of oil extraction over the years, for Nigeria to truly be said to have achieve just transition.
He further advised communities on how to strike a balance between seeking justice for existing grievances while at the same time, supporting the transition to alternative energy in view of its benefits.
The Jet half hour is part of the project titled ‘From Exclusion to Inclusion in National Just Transition Plans’ being implemented in partnership with Spaces for Change, with support from Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).
Click the play button below to listen to the conversation.