By Kelvin Alohan
The opportunities and benefits that energy transition can bring to our communities, considering the impacts of fossil fuel on the ecosystem, was the point of emphasis in this edition of the Just Energy Transition (JET) half hour being implemented by Youth and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) on Royal FM, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Wave FM, Rivers State.
Speaking on the topic, ‘The Challenges and Opportunities for Just Transitions in Nigeria’, Mrs. Christiana Agiri, a school teacher and solar power dealer, and Mr. Pius Dukor, Executive Director, Pius Dukor Foundation, who spoke on Royal FM and Wave FM respectively, shared practical experience about solar power as a renewable energy source and some challenges facing the spread and expansion of the new energy source in Nigeria, and in the Niger Delta in particular.
The resource persons further advised communities, companies, government and development partners on what should be the role of stakeholders towards the acceleration of energy transition process in Nigeria, while also sharing on their individual contributions towards sensitizing students and community members about climate change and the need for energy transition.
The radio program is implemented in Bayelsa and Rivers states by YEAC in partnership with Spaces for Change and support from Africa Centre for Energy Policy as part of the project ‘From Exclusion to Inclusion in National Just Transition Plans,’ under the auspices of the Extractive Industry and Climate Change Governance Project. Click the audios below to join the conversation.