July 21, 2024

Oredola Adeola


An initial sum of US$50 million has been released by Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, and Vitol (a multinational energy and commodities company), as a commitment to the kick-off of the carbon avoidance and removal initiative of the Nigerian Government tagged “Carbon Vista” aimed at supporting the country’s net-zero targets.


Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s outgoing Vice President, made this known in a statement released by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, and seen by EnergyDay on Tuesday.


EnergyDay confirmed that the Carbon Vista Initiative aims to support Nigeria in meeting its net-zero targets by investing in carbon avoidance and removal projects, through projects such as climate-smart agriculture, green industrial technologies, waste management, etc., cutting across several sectors, including agriculture, energy, and manufacturing.


The VP in his remark at the official signing ceremony of the Carbon Vista Agreement, revealed that given Africa’s status as the lowest emitter of carbon coupled with its young and vibrant population that is capable of effectively deploying green manufacturing on a large scale, the continent can become the first truly green civilization.


According to the Vice President, “Africa can become the first truly green civilization – the first civilization on earth to use renewable fuel for purposes of a transformative economic journey.


“How can we do that? First of all, we are the lowest emitters today, and if we are going to develop our industry for the rest of the world, we can start from where we are today, we don’t have to start from where the rest of the world is, especially the global North.


“If we are the least emitters and able to use green energy effectively, we are able to use the young population that we have, we are able to effectively deploy green manufacturing on a scale that would be required to become the global green factory and power of the world, we can indeed do something revolutionary and different.

“This is why what we are seeing today, this sort of collaboration between NSIA and Vitol is an important one because the pipeline of projects they are talking about are the sorts of projects that will make us a truly green economy and can cause us to realize that dream we are talking about,” the VP added.

Prof. Osinbajo further stated that Africa’s ambitions are also closely related to the talk about climate justice in the energy transition debate, stressing that “the transition must be a fair one, and fossil fuel is still required for several purposes, we must also agree that there is a new way by which Nigeria and Africa can benefit immensely from what is coming to us.

Continuing, the VP commended the partnership between NSIA, Vitol, and other partners, noting that “this sort of collaboration is only the beginning, we have to do a lot more and demonstrate that we are capable of being not just a victim in the climate change story, but an important catalyst and innovator for making our world greener and introducing to our own people, a prosperous economy based on the green initiatives that we have.”

He expressed hope that the Carbon Vista Fund will be bigger adding that more investments are expected from other stakeholders.


According to him, this is such an incredible opportunity, and we must not leave it to just be a $50 million fund.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, commended the initiative noting that “Carbon Vista aligns with the several key priorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria including the quest to grow the country’s Foreign Direct Investment stock, develop a new market that enhances the economy and maximize the country’s abundant natural resources.

“These priorities are crucial to driving sustainable growth and development and also Carbon Vista’s commitment to these goals is commendable.”

Mr Aminu Umar-Sadiq, Managing Director and CEO of NSIA thanked the Vice President for his exceptional leadership in spearheading Nigeria’s Energy Transition ambitions and for hosting the ceremony which officially launches the agency’s newest investment vehicle in the environmental sector.

Mr. Umar, in his comment on the Carbon Vista initiative, said, “It aims to support Nigeria in meeting its net-zero targets by investing in carbon avoidance and removal projects in Nigeria, that deliver significant socioeconomic benefits to Nigerians and promote the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.

On the partnership with Vitol, the NSIA MD said both organisations have committed an initial sum of US$50 million to Carbon Vista for projects such as climate-smart agriculture, green industrial technologies, waste management, etc., cutting across several sectors, including agriculture, energy, and manufacturing.

“Over the next few months, we will roll out projects to set the standard for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment in Nigeria. These projects will be carefully selected, partnering with local institutions that have proven track records of successfully delivering high-quality projects.”

Making reference to other partnerships for a smoother energy transition in Nigeria, Mr Umar-Sadiq noted that “beyond Carbon Vista, NSIA is working closely with the National Council on Climate Change, as well as the Africa Carbon Market Initiative, to support in developing the carbon market both on a national and continental level thus promoting sustainable investments by incentivizing projects that reduce GreenHouse Gas, GHG emissions.

“These collaborations will facilitate the development and integration of Nigeria’s carbon market with the broader African carbon market, thus creating efficient carbon trading systems and unlocking the economic potential of sustainable development in Africa.”

Mr Michael Curran, Vitol’s Global Head of Carbon and Environmental Products while commenting about the uniqueness of the Carbon Vista initiative, noted that “if you step outside the norm, people can criticize. The easiest thing to do is to stay within your tracks and not do anything new or any initiatives which are bold.

He said, “We are prepared to do both things, the importance of doing this is simultaneously linked with climate change, the objectives of Nigeria for 2060, and the realization of the reality that commercial growth that benefits the population also has to take into consideration the transition, the desire to make sure that we can still grow, the people can have benefits but done in a sustainable manner.


Government officials and other dignitaries present at the event were the Director General, National Council on Climate Change, Dr. Salisu Mohammed Dahiru; the Country Head, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, Mr. Muhammad Wakil, and the Head of Office Energy Transition Office, Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, among others.