President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, restated Nigeria’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, listing the planned elimination of kerosene lighting by 2030 as one of the steps forward.
President Buhari, who disclosed this during a virtual meeting, hosted by President Joe Biden of the United States, on the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF), also listed the increase in the use of buses for public transport and reduction in burning of crop residues as parts of the plan.
Buhari’s disclosure came 10 years after the federal government, in collaboration with stakeholders in the petroleum industry, commenced drafting a new policy to phase out kerosene and firewood usage and replace them with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) otherwise known as cooking gas.
The proposed policy tagged National Strategic Policy for LPG had a five-year timeline to tactically phase out kerosene usage in the country.
However, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Friday, President Buhari informed the international community that Nigeria had submitted an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to replace the interim contribution of May 27, 2021.
Source: The Nation