Ojo spoke with our correspondent on Friday in Abuja on behalf of a coalition of civil society groups involved in the campaign ‘Just Energy Transition for Africa’.
He said, “Energy revolution is increasing on a global scale to address the challenge of climate change and reduction of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere causing extreme weather conditions.
“African governments should tackle poverty to ensure access to clean energy.”
Ojo also said, “We note that the energy poverty across Africa is due to widespread poverty, hence the need for African governments to tackle poverty headlong.
“Poverty can be addressed by extending energy access to all, especially vulnerable groups. Asking the poor to save money to ‘light up their poverty’ will amount to double jeopardy which will, in turn, keep the vicious cycle of poverty alive.”
According to him, over 1.2 billion people on the continent currently depend on biomass mostly from fossil fuels which are not renewable and equally not eco-friendly.
Ojo further said, “A just energy transition is a gradual shift towards clean, sustainable, low carbon and equitable energy system which is better for people and the planet.
“The call to action for a just energy transition in Nigeria is in line with meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy access for all.”
He noted that the Paris Agreement of 2015 created a development pathway to reduce global warming to 1.5 well below two degrees to avoid catastrophic climate events and changes.
The coalition stated that on its part, Nigeria has voiced its ambition to reduce carbon emission by 20 per cent unconditionally and 40 per cent conditionally by 2030.
Ojo explained that leading renewable energy transition nations of the world such as China, India, South Africa and Kenya with other counties across Europe had directly invested huge amount from the public finance in the development of the venture.
This, he said, should serve as a wakeup call to African leaders because the planned transition from petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2030 would definitely spell doom for oil-dependent African nations.Source