By Jecinta Mbamara
Spaces for Change|S4C on September 13, 2022, on Ozisa FM radio Owerri, Imo State, began implementing a project dubbed ‘From Exclusion to Inclusion in National Just Transition Plans,’ under the aegis of the Extractive Industry and Climate Change Governance Project with support from the Ghana-based Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).
The implementation includes a number of radio programs presented in an interactive session on Nigeria’s policy on the energy transition discourse. The initiative seeks to include the viewpoints of marginalized voices such as women, youth from oil-rich communities, and artisanal refiners, as well as government stakeholders and academia.
Topics such as Demystifying the concept of Just Energy Transition, Legal framework in support of energy transition plan in Nigeria, how the extraction of oil and gas has impacted oil-rich communities, their perspectives on the concept of just energy transition plans and the gains and challenges of oil and gas extraction in Nigeria have been lined up for discussion.
Other topics outlined for discussion by competent experts include the role of strategic alliance in just transition and safeguarding civic and human rights in just energy transition among others. The project will feature 11 editions of the radio program in Spaces for Change|S4C focal state of Imo, and the listed topics will be discussed in Igbo and English language.
The maiden edition of the radio program discussed the topic ‘Demystifying the concepts of Just Energy Transition,’ during which terms like climate change, low carbon, fossil fuel, greenhouse gases, hydrocarbons, eco-friendly, green economy, carbon emissions, etc. were simplified and discussed on September 13th, 2022.
The HOD, Petroleum Midstream, Engr. Chidozie Okereke, and Chris Okolie HOD, Ministry of Environment who served as resource persons, provided expert analysis of the energy transition concept in the session designed to create awareness of just energy transition plan in the simplest terms. Click the audio below for the full discussion.