By Seyifunmi Adebote, Abuja.
The Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo has called on the Federal government to embrace energy transition as a matter of urgency.
He said this while presenting the Just Energy Transition Manifesto for Nigeria at the opening of 11th Annual National Environment Congress being held in Port Harcourt, Rivers’ State between November 27th and 28th.
“Fossil fuels is dirty, expensive and kills our people almost on a daily basis. There is the need for transition from dirty energy to renewable energies such as solar, wind and fuel efficient cook stoves to promote energy access for all in line with the sustainable development goal 7.
“To avoid Energy colonialism, the Nigerian and African government should adopt a deliberate policy for energy democracy and transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.”
Godwin further called for a ban on generator sets in all MDAs at the federal, state and local government levels.
The National Environmental Congress is being held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on November 27 and 28, 2018 with the theme Post Extractivism: Energy Democracy for National Development.