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President Tinubu Establishes a Presidential Committee to Drive Climate Action and Green Economic Initiatives

In a strategic move to tap into global climate change funds and advance his administration’s climate and green economic agenda, President Bola Tinubu has established the Presidential Committee on Climate Action and Green Economic Solutions. This apex body will coordinate all activities in the renewable energy sector.

Chaired by the President himself, the 25-member committee has Balarabe Lawal, Minister of Environment, as Vice Chairman. Ajuri Ngelale has been appointed as the Secretary to the Committee and will also serve as the Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Action.

According to Segun Imohiosen, Director of Information at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the newly formed committee will coordinate and oversee all policies and programmes on climate action and green economic development. This move aims to remove constraints on coordination, foster a whole-of-government approach to climate action programmes, provide an efficient governance architecture, and ensure that all relevant institutions in the sector are aligned with the President’s vision while collectively implementing the Renewed Hope Agenda on climate action.

In addition to the President and the Minister of Environment, the committee comprises key government officials and stakeholders, including the heads of various agencies and representatives from relevant ministries.

The committee’s mandate includes identifying, developing, and implementing innovative non-oil and non-gas climate action initiatives, coordinating the activities of relevant federal institutions towards the attainment of agreed climate action and green economic objectives, and collaborating with government, non-government, and civil society entities to achieve the federal government’s climate action ambitions.

Furthermore, the committee will collaborate with national governments and multilateral institutions to attain the federal government’s climate action objectives and carbon market ambitions, monitor and evaluate the progress of all climate action and renewable energy projects and activities, and track and guide the implementation of initiatives conducted by the Energy Transition Working Group.

President Tinubu remains committed to achieving Nigeria’s green economy objectives on the path of a just energy transition while unlocking new investments in this critical sector, central to the nation’s economic future. As part of this commitment, the President plans to establish Africa’s first green industrial zone, a renewable energy hub located within the solid mineral belt in the central part of Nigeria. This hub will be solely powered by renewable energy sources and dedicated to the production of renewable energy technologies for African countries.

The President has also established a Presidential Steering Committee on the Renewable Project, comprising 15 members and headed by the Presidential Envoy, with InfraCo as the focal institution to supervise the projects. Additionally, the Warri-Itakpe-Abuja rail project is set for completion before 2027 to provide basic infrastructure for the renewable energy hub, connecting it to major seaports.

These initiatives demonstrate the Tinubu administration’s unwavering commitment to driving climate action, promoting a green economy, and positioning Nigeria as a leader in the renewable energy sector on the African continent.

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