Shettima, stakeholders set targets for COP28

Vice President Kashim Shettima on Friday constituted an ad-hoc committee to harmonise Nigeria’s agenda at the forthcoming COP28 Climate Change Conference in the United Arab Emirates.

Speaking during an interaction with stakeholders in his office, Shettima tasked the Committee to come up with a roadmap that would enable Nigeria to benefit maximally from its participation at the conference.

“We need to be proactive and make sure that we go to the conference prepared and sure of what we want to get. It will not be a joke, we need to come back with some tangibles so we can tell the Nigerian people that these are the benefits we got from our participation at COP28,” he said.

Responding to a presentation for Nigeria to sign on to the Battery Energy Storage Systems at the COP28, the vice- president said the proposal was a commendable initiative.

“It offers a green field opportunity for our nascent energy sector to adopt green, affordable and accessible energy for our people.

“Our energy needs are huge but they also provide us with a vista of opportunities to transform the entire sector for the benefit of our economy and wellbeing of the people,” he said.

The Committee chaired by the Minister of Environment, Mr. Balarabe Abbas Lawal, has the Minister of Power Dr Adebayo Adelabu, the Special Adviser to the President on Climate Change, the Special Adviser to the President on Power Infrastructure, and the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change as members.

Also speaking, the representative of the Global Energy Alliance Partnership (GEAP), Mr. Mohammed Wakeel, said he was in the country to support the government in the energy sector.

He said the BESS Consortium would provide a technology that would enhance the quality and quantum of power available in the country.