By Kelvin Alohan
The January 24th and 25th editions of Extractive360’s enlightenment radio program, Just Energy Transition (JET) focused on the need for environmental remediation and alternative livelihood plans for oil-rich communities to be captured in Nigeria’s Energy Transition plan.
Local experts, Nsima Udom, Executive Director, Safer Communities & Sustainable Development Initiative, Akwa Ibom State, and Robertson Mumbo, State Secretary, Delta State Modular Refinery Multipurpose Cooperative Society, spoke on the topic ‘Environmental Remediation, Alternative Livelihood and Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan’, on Redemption FM 101.5, Abak, and Quest FM 93.1, Ughelli respectively.
The resource persons posited that a just transition would be impossible in Nigeria without proper environmental cleanup and alternative decent jobs for people in the Niger Delta.
Several callers on the program urged the Federal and State governments as well as parliamentary representatives to use their good offices to ensure a cleanup of devastated communities in the region, and support the people of the region to make the best of extractives resources between now and 2060 when Nigeria targets phasing out fossil fuel use.
The JET radio program is implemented by Extractive360 in partnership with Spaces for Change(S4C), with support from Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) under the auspices of the project titled; From Exclusion to Inclusion in National Just Transition Plans.
Click the attached recordings to listen to the complete conversation.