Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Africa can become a major player in the global quest for energy transition, rather than playing the victim.
Speaking at the Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, the Vice President says the process towards sustainable energy presents African countries with the opportunity to drive the global renewable energy process by becoming the first truly green civilisation in the world.
He added that this can be achieved by recognising the opportunities early and intentionally developing all the potential around natural resources including natural gas, solar and biofuels. He says Africa must, in particular, leverage on renewable energy potential, work actively on green energy technologies, carbon removal and green manufacturing.
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The Vice President also noted that Nigeria and other African countries have the capacity to develop their own agenda for a green future that would benefit the world much more than starting that journey elsewhere.
He described Nigeria’s energy transition plan as bold and innovative.