The Nigerian Government has placed the Energy Transition (ETP) office under the direct supervision of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) and also approved a work plan for the Council.
President Muhammadu Buhari conveyed his approval at the inaugural meeting of the Council chaired by him, with Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who doubles as the Council’s Vice Chairman and Dr. Salisi Dahiru, Director-General of NCCC, as Secretary, among other members, at the weekend in Abuja.
EnergyDay further gathered that the ETP and office were subsumed into the NCCC to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the initiative in accordance with the Climate Change Act 2021.
The President also approved the deployment of staff from key Ministries, departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to the Council to ensure its effective take-off.
He further endorsed the Council as the designated national authority for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the DG of NCCC is expected to serve as the UNFCCC National focal point, in line with the Climate Change Act 2021.
The Nigerian government however charged the team to work diligently toward finalising the National Climate Action Plan. He also noted that the plan would provide a sustainable framework for all climate-related activities in Nigeria and also provide the surest tool for engagement with the global community.
Buhari urged the Council to finalize the National Climate Action Plan to provide a sustainable framework for all climate-related activities in Nigeria and create a tool for engaging the global community.
In his remark, Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of Environment, said Nigeria is set to take the lead on climate change issues, biodiversity, wildlife conservation & energy transition plan implementation in Africa in line with her commitments under the UNFCCC.
Dr. Salisi Dahiru, Director-General of NCCC, in his response to the plan towards ensuring a smooth take-off and operationalization of the Council, said the government approved the proposed institutional arrangement (Organogram) for the Council, as presented.
According to him, President Buhari also endorsed the operationalization of the office space to provide a conducive working environment for the Council and the development of an open Market Carbon Trading Framework and Infrastructure (Phase I) in collaboration with M/S Rosehill Group Limited.
Following the enactment of the Nigerian Climate Change Act 2021, the country in August 2022, launched its Energy Transition Plan (“ETP” or “the Plan”), which seeks a data-driven approach to generate new funding and investment opportunities for the energy transition in Nigeria, in line with Nigeria’s goal of achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2060.
Recall that President Buhari assented to the Bill setting up the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), which was followed by the appointment of the Director-General and subsequent inauguration of the Council in September 28, 2022.