The Media Advocacy Group on Energy Transition (MAGET) has called upon the Akwa Ibom State Government to adopt and implement the National Energy Transition Plan, emphasizing the need for alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7, 11, and 13. These goals pertain to Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action, respectively.
This appeal was articulated during a one-day capacity development workshop for journalists in the state, organized by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, BudgIT, and the Dune Newspaper, under the theme “Energy Transition: Setting Agenda for Clean Economy at Sub-National Level.”
The communique issued at the conclusion of the workshop underscores the importance of the state scrutinizing the decommissioning and abandonment plan for stranded oil assets within its communities. In pursuit of a cleaner and sustainable economy, the group recommends a reduction in fossil fuel-based power projects.
The advocay group also called for increased investment in research and local innovations for clean energy, and comprehensive training and capacity building for youth and women in large-scale renewable energy projects, such as solar, hydro, and wind. Additionally, there is an advocacy for prioritizing investments in sustainable agriculture, maritime activities, and solid minerals.
Notably, MAGET also directs attention to the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), urging the immediate commitment of fines for gas flaring. Simultaneously, the Management of Host Communities Development Trusts is called upon to channel investments into green and renewable energy projects.
Furthermore, the group encourages journalists to diligently report on energy transition matters, spotlighting research findings on locally developed solutions to enhance the accessibility and affordability of clean energy. Journalists are also urged to raise awareness and support governmental initiatives aimed at diversifying revenue streams in non-oil sectors.