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Group demands prioritization of energy needs

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An Energy conference has called on the Nigerian government to prioritize national and community energy needs over global economic models that promote inequalities.

The one-day conference organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the earth ERA/FoEN Nigeria and funded by Friends of the Earth Norway, called for a reform of the renewable energy policy and proposal for a renewable energy policy bill.

The conference, the sixth in the series, told government to promote decentralized alternative energy with a focus on renewables which must be affordable and environment- friendly.

The conference demanded that “Clean and safe community alternative energy models be vigorously pursued to deliver on community energy needs that are off-grid and mini-grids.”

It said that the Nigerian government should match words with action by allocating a reasonable per cent of its annual income to funding for research and development of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, among others.

Other demands

The renewable energy conference demanded for the establishment of appropriate institutional infrastructure and frameworks to support expanding energy supply and access and their sustainability.

It stressed the need for the harmonisation and integration of sustainable energy policies in development at all levels and development of a renewable energy model that is back by an Act of Parliament as well as zero tariffs on renewable energy products to allow greater energy access.

“Government should divest funding, loans and subsidies from fossil fuel development and oil prospecting and instead invest in renewable sources of energy.” it said.

The Conference

The conference brought together civil society, development groups, government officials and community-based groups who shared experiences and analyzed critically issues concerning energy policy in Nigeria, the environmental and social impacts of extractive processes.

It brought to the fore, serious issues on the growing energy deficit in Nigeria and renewed aggressive extraction of natural resources including oil and gas from Nigeria and other parts of Africa to meet increasing demand in North America, Europe and other countries like Russia, Brazil, India and China.processes

It also proffered solutions and energy models to address energy deficit and addressed peoples’ right to a new energy model in Nigeria.

 

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Nigeria holds Civil Society Consultative Forum Towards Marrakech COP22

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A National Civil Society Consultative Forum on TOWARDS MARRAKECH COP22.  is underway in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

The forum, which brings together state and non-state actors from the six geo-political zones of the country including the media will focus on:

  • Identify national climate change priorities of Nigeria
  • Identify what Nigeria intends to and should focus on doing to address the impacts of climate change in the next 5-10 years and her commitment to Paris Agreement and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Assess Nigeria’s priorities for COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco and the critical role of CSOs in Climate Change processes in Nigeria and beyond?
  • Critically assess Nigeria’s national climate change policies, programmes, plan and actions that requires policy intervention.
  • Assess the current state of play in the climate change dialogue processes in Nigeria
  • Identify during the forum the  emerging issues  and  key pillars of negotiations such for Nigeria such as adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and deployment, capacity building, finance, sectoral issues such as REDD/REDD+, Agriculture, and Energy
  • Outline how will CSOs will work towards influencing MEAs and its related policies in Nigeria.

The Forum is being organised by Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Abuja ,Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Heinrich Boll Stiftung,Pan-African Media Alliance For Climate Change (PAMACC)

Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet)  is a network of about300 civil society organisations cutting across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. We bring together organizations, comprising grassroots community practitioners, trusts, federations of slum dwellers and pastoralists, home based caregivers, youth, media, women and faith-based organizations, including those working on child welfare, the elderly, disabled and those focusing on livestock and animal welfare, to commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change and sustainable development.

Background

The Paris Agreement, adopted last year in December at 21st session of Conference of the Parties (COP 21) by 196 parties (195 countries and the European Union) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) constitutes a landslide agreement in global efforts to mitigate climate change, as well as prepare societies through adaptive action to the likely negative consequences we are yet to encounter even if mitigation efforts succeed in limiting global warming to the below-2°C target.