Minister of State for Environment, Dr Ishaq Salako, has expressed Nigeria’s determination to advance climate action without jeopardising its economic growth.
Salako stated this on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while returning from the just concluded Africa Climate Summit (ACS) held in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to him, Nigeria has an energy transition plan to achieve global access to energy by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2060.
He assured that the country will achieve the goal while also prioritising industrialisation, job creation, and economic development.
The Minister added that the country is partnering with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive innovative policies and advance renewable energy projects such as on-grid solar and electric vehicles.
Salako said, “As a continent, it is critical that climate action spurs socio-economic development for us. We know that with robust planning and increased investments in the region, this is achievable.
“Africa is already bearing the brunt of a climate crisis it did not cause but our continent, with our significant renewable energy resources, critical minerals, vast carbon sinks, and growing population, can be a strong solution center.
“In Nigeria, we have articulated our unchanging position to advance climate action without jeopardising economic development.”
The Minister noted that addressing climate change would encourage more investments and innovative financing in Africa.
He added that climate action and environmental sustainability can help reduce poverty and enhance food security on the African continent.