The Federal Government is collaborating with the French Development Agency, Agence Française de Dévelopment (AFD) to strengthen cooperation towards promotion of climate action and the low carbon economic development in Nigeria.
This agreement was reached during a visit by the new Country Director of AFD, Xavier Muron, to the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, at her office in Abuja.
Mr Muron said the visit was to discuss AFD’s strategies and priorities for climate action in Nigeria, especially based on the just concluded COP26, and the commitment of Nigeria in this regard.
He also said the meeting was intended to provide an opportunity to discuss the upcoming launch of the Nigeria Deep Decarbonization Project (DDP Nigeria) scheduled to hold in Abuja in the coming week.
The AFD country Director noted that the Agency was already collaborating with the Ministry on several high-impact projects in the areas of waste management, biodiversity conservation, urban development, power transmission, and off-grid capacity development.
Mr Muron said he was excited about the Nigeria Deep Decarbonization Project, DPP a national research and capacity building project for the implementation of a Deep Decarbonization Pathway Programme in Nigeria, funded by the AFD, with the International Relation and Sustainable Development Institute (IDDRI) as the Programme Coordinator.
The key objective of the DPP Nigeria is to mobilise and reinforce the capacities of local teams of experts and researchers in Nigeria towards being able to produce country studies as well as analyzing decarbonization scenarios and low-emission development pathways.
The Project is being led by the Centre of Climate Change and Development at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, with researchers from several universities across the country.
The National Project leader for DDP Nigeria, who is the Director of the Center for Climate Change, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, said he was excited that the DDP Nigeria would build the capacity of Nigeria to develop quantitative models that could help guide the country’s long term low emission development.
The Minister of State, Mrs Ikeazor, said the Ministry was determined to tackle the myriads of challenges of climate change with both national and international cooperation.
Mrs Ikeazor said the ministry was fully aware of the imperative of energy transition for the country and would collaborate with other relevant ministries and agencies to facilitate the financing and implementation of the Energy Transition Plan of the government.
She expressed optimism that the analysis done under the Nigerian Deep Decarbonization project would complement the work done in the Energy Transition Plan, so that the country would have a rich menu of options for pursuing its decarbonisation agenda.
She also reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to achieve the goal of net-zero emission by 2060, adding that a Federal Executive Council memo is being prepared for a sustainable National Energy Transition plan for the country.
Reporting by Godson Elekwachi; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor