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FG unveils plans for review of oil companies’ gas flaring strategies

Minister of Environment Sets Course for Ambitious Climate Action

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In a bid to combat climate change and uphold environmental sustainability, the Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako, has unveiled plans for the periodic review of oil companies’ strategies to end routine gas flaring by 2030. Speaking at the national stakeholders engagement meeting on methane mitigation and reduction in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector in Abuja on Tuesday, Salako emphasized the urgent need to address methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas with significant warming potential.

Salako outlined practical steps being taken by the Nigerian government to tackle methane emissions, highlighting collaborative efforts and the development of methane guidelines. He reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to methane reduction, citing forthcoming projects aimed at achieving net zero emissions by 2060.

The minister’s remarks underscored President Bola Tinubu’s dedication to environmental sustainability and climate action, aligning Nigeria with its international obligations.

Mahmud Kambari, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, emphasized the importance of addressing methane emissions in the oil and gas industry, citing the high stakes and opportunities for sustainable development.

Dr Olumide Abimbola, Executive Director of the Africa Policy Research Institute (APRI), echoed the urgency of mitigating methane emissions, emphasizing the significant threats posed by this potent greenhouse gas. Abimbola highlighted a collaborative project between APRI and the Department of Climate Change, aimed at reducing methane emissions in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

The engagement event served as a platform for stakeholders to discuss policy frameworks, implementation strategies, and collaborative efforts towards sustainable methane mitigation and reduction. Through dialogue and cooperation, participants sought to identify challenges and opportunities for effective and sustained action in combating methane emissions, aligning with Nigeria’s national and sustainable development goals.

The initiative signals Nigeria’s proactive stance in addressing climate change and underscores the importance of international cooperation in achieving environmental sustainability.

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