The Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Prince Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran, has said the energy transition programme that cut across all area of the economy would secure job opportunities for almost a million out of job applicants by 2060.
He stated this Tuesday when giving his keynote speech during a two- day national workshop on Energy Statistics with theme: Benching for effective energy transition in Nigeria, organised by Energy Commission of Nigeria in collaboration with ECOWAS Commission with support from the European Union, in Abuja.
“The energy transition programme envisages transition pathways that cut across key sectors of the economy including Power, Residential Buildings, Industry, Transport and Oil & Gas and providing positive net jobs creation opportunities of nearly 1million by 2060.
“The transition program seeks to leverage the country’s abundance of gas resources, with over 68% of households still cooking with biomass. To support the implementation of the transition programme, it is imperative that stakeholders are able to track the contribution of new energy sources in terms of valued added to output (GDP), the business performance of operators within the sector producing such resources in that activity as well as the level of employment being created. Such statistics will also facilitate the tracking and progress- reporting of the federal government’s other objective to lift 100million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 by accounting for employment creation related to renewable energy development.”