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President Bola Tinubu is Committed to Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action

Joel Osaigbovo Aluge, Reporting,

Benin City

The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako, said that the ministry, in collaboration with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, will begin regular reviews of both international and indigenous oil companies’ plans to ensure alignment with the goal of ending routine gas flaring by 2030.

Salako said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the national stakeholders engagement meeting on methane mitigation and reduction in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas with significant warning potential compared to carbon dioxide, poses a major threat to the health and well-being of current and future generations and climate protection goals.

Reducing methane emissions, especially in the oil and gas sector, will strengthen climate action and unlock benefits for public health, food security, and economic development.

Salako said practical steps are being taken to address methane emissions in the country.

He noted that “Collaborative efforts of government institutions have led to the development of methane guidelines. In addition, the Federal Ministry of Environment through the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency will be commencing the periodic review of the plans of international and indigenous oil companies to ensure they stay on course to end routine gas flaring by latest 2030.

“Furthermore, Nigeria is poised to embark on methane reduction projects that will enable Nigeria’s commitment to methane reduction and meeting net zero emissions by 2060. It is, therefore, reassuring to see initiatives such as the project methane mitigation and reduction in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, which is being initiated with today’s event.

This national stakeholders engagement event is expected to serve as a platform to discuss the complexities of methane mitigation and reduction within Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Presentations here today will provide insights and overview on existing policies and implementation strategies, including key stakeholders involved in these efforts. Through rigorous research and collaborative efforts, we can identify gaps, challenges, and opportunities for effective national actions.”

The minister stated that President Bola Tinubu is committed to environmental sustainability and climate action in line with the multilateral environmental agreements that Nigeria is party to.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mahmud Kambari, said it is necessary to address methane emissions in the oil and gas industry as the stakes and opportunities are high.

Kambari said, “Let’s harness our collective expertise, innovation, and resources to drive sustainable development, foster economic growth, and enhance energy security in Nigeria and beyond.

“As we engage in today’s discussions, let us be guided with openness and inclusivity. challenge assumptions, and explore creative solutions that align with the principles of equity, justice, and environmental integrity.”

In his remarks, the Executive Director of the Africa Policy Research Institute, Dr Olumide Abimbola, noted that there is a need to address the pressing impacts of methane emissions on climate and environment.



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