By Chetachi Louis-Udeh
The fourth edition of Spaces for Change (S4C) JET radio program under the Extractive Industry and Climate Change Governance Project with support from Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) focused on the Nigerian government level of preparation towards energy transition, and structures put in place to encourage a smooth transition and inclusiveness of divers groups in the process.
Speaking at Ozisa Fm Radio Owerri, Imo State, on October 4, 2022, the Executive Director, Citizens Platform and Convener Ordinary Citizens, Udochukwu Chukwu, and the CEO of Greenbox Solar Africa, Engr. Innocent Unachukwu, discussed the topic; Nigerian Government Level of Preparation to Just Energy Transition.
The resource persons who welcomed the federal government’s energy transition plan however, expressed fears about the effective implementation of the plan. They emphasized the need for government to engage and support the private sector, individuals and communities to be part of the process to ensure transparency and accountability.
The experts who identified climate change as a threat to sustainable development and a potential catalyst for damage to Nigeria’s food production and environment, encouraged all to support the transition to renewable energy as it would help improve the economy and reduce energy poverty in the country.
According to Engr Unachukwu, other countries have begun their transition process, depending less on fossil fuels, and focusing on the production of electric/solar powered cars and other machines. This he noted is an indication that in no distant time fossil fuels would not have much relevance.
He stressed that Nigeria must not be left behind as other nations of the world are gradually switching over to cleaner and renewable energy, adding that the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goal is possible if the government commit to same in practice and not just on paper.
Click the audio recording below for more detailed conversation.