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Global alliance chart path for Renewables in Africa —demand switch from fossil fuels



At the just –ended International conference on Just Energy Transition organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN)  in Abuja, communities and member groups of Friends of the Earth International have demanded more commitment from African governments on  their quest for energy transition.

The groups said to ThepageNews it was urgent that Africa transits from fossil fuels to renewable as climate change impacts escalate and put communities in danger.

In his opening remarks, Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director, ERA/FoEN said that while Nigeria and other African countries continue in the quest to transit from oil,  the developed world should not exploit this quest to recolonise Africa and perpetrate inequalities.

Ojo noted that while there has been tremendous growth across the globe from the start of the industrial revolution to the present, the consequence of unrestrained economic expansion has been the incredible increase in greenhouse gas emissions and the warming of the climate.

He revealed that scientists recently revealed that  the warmest years recorded in history have occurred in the last five years and that every year gets progressively warmer than the last with many communities experiencing first-hand, the impact of the climate crisis

Cross Section of participants

He also pointed out that a recent Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Climate Change released on October 8, 2018 paints a frightening scenario of “irreversible impacts on humans and the ecosystem if we fail to act.”

The same report calls on the global community to act immediately and show more ambition so that rising temperature does not exceed the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold, if the earth is to have the opportunity of containing the impacts of climate change.

To achieve this there must be comprehensive phase out of fossil fuels, faster electrification, lower energy demands, changes in consumption and dieting patterns as well as protecting and restoring degraded ecosystems.

Because of these, he said there is need for urgency and ambition for a Just Energy Transition which developed nations have leapfrogged into.

According to him, the national budget for renewable energy has reached an investment of US$286 in 2015 alone.

Despite this, he explained that more than 1.6 billion people have no access to electricity and about 2.4 billion depend solely on fuel wood.

“The rising energy demand is also leading to increasing violent resource conflicts at the sites of extraction. Nigeria is nowhere near meeting its nationally determined commitment to addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions. About 70 percent of the 170 million population depend solely on fuel wood for energy and representing one of the world’s highest deforestation rate of 3.5 percent annually.”

He added however, that, “While over-consumption continues unabated in rich and industralised countries, others, less endowed face energy poverty on a daily basis. Energy Colonialism is killing Africa and replicating already existing inequalities in renewable energy access hence the need for Energy Democracy. “

Speaking to ThepageNews The ERA/FoEN boss noted that theoretically, Nigeria has shown some ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% unconditionally and 45% conditionally by 2030 given the needed finance and technology by rich countries.

He however pointed out that one fundamental challenge facing Nigeria and other African countries is minerals and oil-dependency on raw materials and sources of revenue.

ERA/FoEN, according to him, has a manifesto on the way forward. He said the conference, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of ERA/FoEN, presented the opportunity to present the manifesto to the Nigerian government.

The event was graced by representatives of government, civil society and communities from across Africa, Latin America, Asia, United States and Europe. Speakers included Karin Nansen, chair of Friends of the Earth International, Professor Lanre Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University who delivered the keynote address, and Comrade Uche  Onyeagucha – former House of Representatives member, among others.

Some of the positions the groups advocated include:

  1. Nigeria and other African governments stop new fossil fuel extraction and divest funding, loans and subsidies from fossil fuel development and channel same to renewable sources of energy.
  2. African governments prioritise national and community energy needs over global economic models that promote inequalities.
  3. African governments go beyond mere words by allocating substantial per cent of their annual income to funding for research and development of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, among others.
  4. African governments embrace and promote decentralized alternative energy with a focus on renewables that are affordable and environment friendly. Clean and safe community alternative energy models should be vigorously pursued to deliver on community energy needs that are off-grid and mini-grids.
  5. African governments put in place appropriate institutional infrastructure and frameworks to support expanding energy supply and access and their sustainability.
  6. Access to energy must not be driven by capitalists but seen as a right with people power, citizens and vulnerable groups involved in the shaping of local renewable energy solutions
  7. There is need for zero tariffs on renewable energy products to allow greater energy access to local communities. Support should come in form of grants, loans and subsidies beyond exploitative enterprise models to local communities and workers in transitioning from fossil fuels to green economy
  8. Civil society and groups working on alternatives to fossil fuels in the global North and South work in synergy so that the goal of a Just transition can be met at the soonest
  9. Media deepen the understanding of energy issues as well as the struggles against environmental and climate injustices.

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Guest Flees As Hotel Uncovers Murdered Female Companion




The Kwara State Police Command has begun searching for a man who allegedly killed a lady in a hotel in Ilorin, the state capital, about three weeks ago.



The suspect, whom the police identified as Adegboye James of Okelowo Street, Ede, Osun State, was alleged to have murdered the lady whom he brought to the hotel on Adewole Housing Estate, Ilorin, on May 27, 2021.



The police, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the address given by the suspect was fake and could not be traced.



He called on members of the public whose daughter or female relation was missing since May 28, 2021, to check the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for possible identification of the corpse.



The statement read, “On May 28, 2021, around 7.30pm, we responded to a call from one  Olalekan Anafi, the supervisor of Premium Diamond Hotel, in the Adewole area of Ilorin that on May 27, 2021, around 2pm, one Adegboye James, lodged at their hotel.



“The said Adegboye James went out and came back with a lady.  The said Adegboye James later checked out of the hotel without the knowledge of any of the hotel staff.



“In the morning of the following day when nothing was heard from the room occupied by the said lodger, a spare key was used to open the room and the hotel was confronted by the dead body of the lady.


“Investigation into the incident is already at an advanced stage as ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Mohammed Bagega, to arrest the lodger whose name and address as reflected in the hotel’s logbook is fake.”


In another development, the Kwara State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said its operatives are searching for a motorist who allegedly cut off the hand of a seven-year-old Alimanjiri student, Usman Abubakar, of Malam Aliu Adamu School, Patigi, in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.



A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, said the child was allegedly kidnapped together with his schoolmate by the unknown motorist, who promised to take them to where they would eat on Monday night.



Babawale said the suspect, who is now at large with the boy’s hand, later escaped into the bush.



He said the victim lost much blood and was treated at the Patigi General Hospital.



The PRO said the NSCDC had commenced investigation into the incident.

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Buratai, Olanisakin Get Ambassadorial Postings, Buhari Silent On Other Ex- service Chiefs




Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has been deployed to Benin Republic. While General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, has been appointed the head of mission to Cameroon.

At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs.



This was disclosed by Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry.



“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today 22 June 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retired).”



“The Minister of Foreign Affairs during the brief ceremony congratulated the immediate past service chiefs on their appointment by Mr. President and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation,” he said in a statement.



However, the statement was silent on the postings of the other former Service chiefs, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retired) former Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retired), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd), former Chief of Defense Intelligence.



President Muhammadu Buhari had, on February 4, 2021, appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.



The president appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure to relieve them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.




Their ambassadorial appointment sparked public outrage, with calls on the Senate to reject their nominations.



Despite the outrage, the Senate, on February 23, 2021, confirmed their nominations.

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UNIJOS Hires Hunters To Secure Campus Against Bandits




The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has hired local hunters to beef up security within and around the campus, its vice-chancellor Prof. Sabastine Maimako has stated.



Maimako announced this on Tuesday during the valedictory session to mark the end of his five-year tenure.



He said: “It is no longer news that the security situation in the country is quite tenuous. This is why under my administration we made frantic efforts to ensure that all lives and property within the University are adequately protected.



“When we got a security report that we were the soft targets, we closed our hostels for almost two weeks and suspended lecturers eventually.



“Now before we could reopen, we were given a condition that we must employ the services of local hunters to help us secure our hostels, particularly at night.



“Today, this is where we are but thanks to God the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies looking at the happening, he has offered to train these hunters on the rule of engagement in their working in the University.”



He noted the institution has collaborated with various security experts for a significant drop in crimes on campus while some staff were recruited to address the deficits in security personnel.



He said his administration initiated and completed 85 projects which have been commissioned.



The VC explained out of the 75 programmes, which the institution was to run, 43 have full accreditation status while 30 programmes have interim accreditation status.

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