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President Tinubu Pledges Nigeria’s Commitment to Methane Emission Reduction at COP28

President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria is committed to methane emissions reduction by at least 30 per cent by 2030.

Tinubu stated this on Saturday Dec 2, 2022 in Dubai while addressing stakeholders at the ongoing global climate summit popularly known as COP28.

Speaking at a forum on methane and other non-CO2 emissions reduction, Tinubu said Nigeria was signatory to the COP28 global decarbonisation accelerator and had signed off as a member of the UN global compact.

“Our country has taken critical steps to reduce methane emissions by ensuring flare elimination  and focussing on gas as replacement cooking fuel for biomass.

“We welcome the effectiveness of the COP28 President that gives hope to sustain livelihood.

“The earth has been injured not by us, but by the big economies and I am happy they are here.

“The pledges by the big economies are good and we are with you even though we are the least beneficiary of the financial commitment of the big economies.

“Listening to you here makes us happy.  We are committed by ensuring flaring gasses are eliminated.  There is huge penalty for that and there is also a huge incentive for doing so,” he said.

The President assured the gathering that Nigeria will continue to be partner in progress to achieve renewables.

“We are part of the US methane abatement pledge that commits us to voluntary actions to contribute for a collective action for methane emission by at least 30% by 2030,” he said.

All these, Tinubu said, was within the context of a differentiated energy transition that will enable access to power by the Nigerian people within a specific and short timeframe with elevated contribution of the renewables.

“We are providing cooking gas for our large population and we will leverage more on technologies. We hope the big economies and the United Arab Emirates will help.

“Africa understands that technical know-how is necessary and that the earth needs healing and it is crying very seriously,” Tinubu said.

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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