The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its intention to establish the largest electric mass transit fleet in Africa.
Speaking at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, emphasized the urgent need for global collaboration to address climate change challenges.
Tuggar outlined Nigeria’s ambitious goals, stating that the country aims to expand its electric mass transit fleet and increase the number of electric buses from 100 to 1,000.
He asserted that Nigeria is taking a leadership role in combating climate change on the African continent by setting and pursuing these ambitious yet realistic objectives.
“Nigeria has ratified its commitments through a Climate Change Act and a National Council on Climate Change (NCCC),” the minister was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Alkasim Abdulkadir.
“Through these, Nigeria set ambitious, albeit realistic, goals, and I am proud to state that we have hit the ground running, transforming our commitments into tangible climate action.”
“The initiative will reduce emissions and indicate my administration’s commitment to catalysing the market for green project deployments, job creation, and industrialisation across critical sectors.”
The minister also stressed the critical role of collaboration, innovation, and shared responsibility in combating the escalating climate crisis.
Reaffirming Nigeria’s commitment to its nationally determined contributions, Tuggar underscored the nation’s dedication to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.