John Alechenu, Abuja.
A coalition of civil society groups under the leadership of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth has said the time is ripe for Nigeria to take practical steps to end its dependence on oil revenues.
The coalition, which is championing the cause for a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, said with the right piece of legislation, Nigeria could become Africa’s renewable energy hub.
The Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Dr Godwin Ojo, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.
He stated that it was time for Nigeria to join the rest of the world to move away from the dependence on fossil fuels in order to reduce carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
Ojo explained that carbon emissions released into the atmosphere were responsible for rising temperatures, with the attendant consequences on the quality of life on the face of the earth.
He said, “As a result of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, there is rising earth temperature leading to extreme weather conditions that are resulting in catastrophic events.
“This initiative is a call to action to all for a just energy transition in Nigeria that is in line with also meeting the Millennium Development Goal 7 on energy access for all.”