President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria’s rapid transition to renewable energy will result in significant job creation with up to 340,000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840,000 jobs created by 2060.
Buhari said this at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change, which held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The President renewed the commitment of Nigeria towards ensuring that there was a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy in response to the world-wide efforts for the preservation of the environment.
He added that in August this year, his administration had launched a home-grown, data-backed, multi-pronged energy transition plan, which is the country’s framework in achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.
Speaking on some of the details in the plan, the President said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels, a pathway would be created for accelerated decarburization of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies towards low carbon development while aligning to the country’s broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner.
In a statement issued by President Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, it was stated that “The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector with large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency and conservation; and is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity with over 90% made up of renewables.”