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Germany to Boost Energy Partnership with Nigeria

The German government has reiterated its commitment to strengthening its energy partnership with Nigeria.

The Director for Energy Diplomacy, Climate, and Security at the German Federal Foreign Office, Marcus Hicken, gave the indication while hosting media fellows of the BETD24, on Monday in Berlin ahead of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue to be held between March 19 and 20, 2024.

Highlighting the importance of renewable energies, Hicken emphasized Germany’s ongoing operation of a hydrogen office in Nigeria and its ambition to further expand renewable energy initiatives in the country.

He also underscored the significance of engaging in dialogue with countries that are major fossil fuel exporters, stating that such collaborations are essential for meeting the global energy needs while aligning with its climate targets.

Hicken emphasized that achieving Germany’s climate goals by 2045 is feasible through increased cooperation and the expansion of renewable energy sources, relying on hydrogen as an alternative.

It will be recalled that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz travelled to Nigeria in October 2023 in a bid to secure new energy and economic partnerships, and help diversify Germany’s energy supply.

Despite being Africa’s largest oil exporter and having the largest gas reserves on the continent, Nigeria has not extracted at large scale and has a poorly developed gas network.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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