Green Deal Nigeria

28 May
Last week, I had Christine K the Country Director of Heinrich Boell Foundation  in Nigeria, HBS  on my radio show “Green Angle” to discuss the Green Deal Nigeria Study. Just 2weeks earlier, #GreenDealNigeria trended a great deal on twitter. My colleagues @omojuwa, @abangmercy, @xeenarh and I, closely followed the debate and ensured it came alive on social media.  She spoke about the  important questions that must the answered in our quest for national development and as the world moves towards sustainable development.
How will Nigeria look like when the oil is finished? How can millions of Nigerians access growth with green jobs and a fairer distribution of wealth? The Green Deal Nigeria study commissioned by the HBF focuses on the potential for a greener Nigeria and is being launched as the country prepares for the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, 20-22 June). Nigeria’s ambition to become one of the world’s top 20 economies by the year 2020 means that the country must grow its economy, create jobs and promote social cohesion without destroying its natural resources and thus harming the well-being of future generations.

According to Christine,  “The Green Deal Nigeria study provides an overview and practical examples of how to green Nigeria before 2020 and explains the long-term measures that Nigeria needs to take today to make the economy grow beyond oil, which is expected to finish for all practical purposes in 15 to 20 years’ time “.

The study explains how climate change should be regarded as an underlying factor for some of the intensifying conflicts in Nigeria, and how a clean energy economy that provides growth for ordinary Nigerians, can help to reduce tension. Nigeria is in an unusual position compared to other sub-Saharan African countries as it contributes to global warming through massive gas flaring and bush burning, whilst enduring desertification, sea level rise and extreme weather events that contribute to land degradation and intensify conflict.

 The study contains topics such as “The transformation from fossil fuel to green energy” (written by Lois Laraba Machunga and Zumunta Machunga-Disu), “Energy Access for all: The role of clean energy in alleviating energy poverty,” “Climate change and conflict – Green economy to promote human security” (Huzi Mshelia), and “Nigeria’s agriculture and food security challenges (Chinedum Nwajiuba).

Click here to go to the HBS Nigeria Green Deal Nigeria Main Article & downloadable reports

Find  the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #GreenDealNigeria .

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