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Governor Bago Unveils Blueprint For Green economy

The Niger State Government meet has  unveiled its blueprint for a Green economy initiative with a plan to plant one billion trees within the next four years.

Governor of the state Mohammed Bago made this known while speaking with newsmen after the launch of the initiative at a side event titled with the theme “Sustainable future: harnessing Green Assets in Niger State” held at the Nigerian pavilion on the sidelines of the ongoing COP 28 in Dubai.

The governor said the state put itself forward as a pioneer for Green Initiative in Nigeria so that it could be on the global map of climate action.

According to him “We have signed an agreement as a state with a sister state here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); we want Niger State to be coopted as a sister state in Dubai.

“We want to plant one billion trees on one million hectares of land in the next four years and we are serious on that.

“We want to get carbon credits through our rivers and hydro dams for our state and for our nation. We are not going to be spoonfed anymore as a state.

“We understand the power we have on our rivers and hydro dams in the carbon market.

Minister for Youth Dr. Jemila Ibrahim Bio, Governor Mohammed Bago, Deputy Chairman House committee on Environment Hon. Mohammed Jamilu Katsina, DG NCCC Dr. Salisu Dahiru among others.

“We want to transition 800,000 homes from fossil fuels and national grid to off-grid solar power solution, he said.

The governor noted that the state had galvanized global support for the initiative and had been able to secure a line credit loan of £100 million from a Deutsch bank.

“If we spend $2 billion in Agriculture, we will make $5 billion every year,” he said, calling for international investment so as to create employment,” he added.

Earlier in his remark the state commissioner for environment and climate change Yakubu Kolo said the blueprint was a product of a summit held in the state recently.

Kolo described the COP 28 as a global opportunity to showcase the the initiative of Niger state government on climate change.

The event has in attendance the Minister for Youth Dr. Jemila Ibrahim Bio and Deputy Chairman House committee on Environment  Hon. Mohammed Jamilu Katsina, DG NCCC Dr. Salisu Dahiru among others.

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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