Kerosene will be phased out by 2030—FG

Kerosene will be phased out by 2030—FG
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FG announces commitment to phase out kerosene as part of energy transition plan.

The Federal Government of Nigeria launched its Energy Transition Plan on  August 24, 2022. The plan is tailored to guide the country towards the twin objective of achieving universal access to energy by 2030 and a carbon-neutral energy system by 2060. This plan was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. As part of the plan to achieve net-zero by 2060, the Federal Government announces its readiness to junk kerosene consumption by 2030. This is seen by critics as a milestone gained. By 2030, it is expected that there would have been total gas penetration in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the pronouncement in Abuja on September 13, 2022, at the opening ceremony of the 15th Annual Banking and Finance Conference, which was organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He emphasized long-term greenhouse emissions have resulted in hotter temperatures, more severe rainstorms, increased drought and food security issues. He said that to tackle this issue, the government has set plans to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions. A more specific instance of that is that by 2030, the government aims to eliminate kerosene lighting.

Net-zero is all about reducing CO2 in the environment.

Nigeria plans to have a carbon-neutral energy system by 2060. This is in a bid to achieve net-zero. Net zero is a target of completely cancelling out the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. This is to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In simpler terms, the carbon footprint of individuals in Nigeria needs to be drastically reduced. Carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of an individual, organization, or community.

The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil are some of the causes of greenhouse emissions in the world. This has affected our climate drastically and is affecting everyone on the planet. In Nigeria, one of the direct causes of these emissions is the burning of firewood. Regardless of mainstream thoughts and assumptions, people still cook using firewood especially in the rural areas. Even in urban areas, many still prefer to cook with firewood when it is for a lot of people, such as in a party.

Can Nigeria achieve net-zero with the rate of poverty?

One of the concerns of the Federal Government should be the rate of poverty in Nigeria. This is because severe poverty can make kerosene unaffordable to some demography so that they resort to using firewood to cook. According to Macrotrends, Nigeria’s poverty rate for 2018 is 92 percent. The data showed that it was a 1.2 percent increase from 2015. So only few can afford kerosene. Will phasing out kerosene stop the people from burning firewood?

United Nations reports that more than 50 percent of Nigerian communities still use firewood for cooking despite the health risks. This includes urban areas where firewood and charcoal cooking are used to save cost of cooking, especially when the food is in a large quantity. This shows that the Nigerian government still has a lot of work to do if it will achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2060. And the question still remains: can Nigeria achieve net-zero with this rate of poverty?

Is Nigeria’s focus misdirected to unnecessary issues?

Recently, at a forum, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was asked about his opinion about climate change and what his government if elected plans to do especially as regards commitments that the current administration has made. He answered, “I do not know much about climate change, but we will pay attention to it. I don’t think we should be worrying about climate change when people are diving for cover from bombs.” Is Nigeria focused on the wrong thing at this particular moment? Presently, the country is witnessing the highest inflation rate, most severe insecurity, heightened kidnappings, and massive looting of the treasury. Will all these issues allow Nigeria to achieve net-zero by 2060?


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Ask Nigeria
8 days ago

Kerosene will be phased out by 2030—FG – FG announces commitment to phase out kerosene as part of energy transition plan. – Express your point of view.

Ultra0711
Member
7 days ago

Contrary to popular belief, people still use firewood for cooking, especially in rural areas. Many individuals still prefer to use firewood while preparing food for a large company, even in urban areas.

Remi1
Member
7 days ago

The world’s greenhouse gas emissions are largely due to the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. Everyone on the earth is being impacted by this, which has had a significant impact on our climate. The strategy for carbon-neutral energy is sound.

Last edited 7 days ago by Remi1
theApr
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7 days ago

Net zero is a target of completely cancelling out the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. This is to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil are some of the causes of greenhouse emissions in the world. This has affected our climate drastically and is affecting everyone on the planet. The carbin-neutral energy plan is a good one.

Tolaniiii
Member
7 days ago

Climate change brought about by long-term greenhouse gas emissions has raised worries about food security, increasing drought, and more violent rainstorms, higher temperatures, and more frequent storms.

Bola12
Member
7 days ago

Phasing out kerosene will be a good idea if electricity becomes stable in which people will start making use of electric cooker or if the price of gas reduces

Hassan Isa
Member
7 days ago

People, especially in rural regions, continue to use firewood for cooking despite what is often believed. Even in the city, many people still like using firewood when preparing food for a large group.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
7 days ago

To put it another way, the amount of an individual’s “carbon footprint” that needs to be lowered in Nigeria must be cut significantly.

Christiana
Member
7 days ago

Kerosene should not be scrapped out until they’ve provided alternative for the less privileged. Considering the price of Gas right now , kerosene has to be the best alternative

Taiwoo
Member
7 days ago

Some of the factors that contribute to the production of greenhouse gases around the world include the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and oil.

Chibuzor
Member
7 days ago

At the moment, the nation is experiencing the greatest rate of inflation, the most severe insecurity, an increase in the number of kidnappings, as well as widespread looting of the treasury.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
7 days ago

If kerosene will be phased out, they should ensure a replacement that won’t affect the atmosphere is made available before then.

Kazeem1
Member
7 days ago

Greenhouse gas emissions over a long period of time have resulted in greater temperatures, more intense rainstorms, increased drought, and concerns with food security.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
7 days ago

The experts regard this as a significant achievement achieved. It is anticipated that by the year 2030, there would have been complete penetration of gas throughout the nation.

Adesanyaj72
Member
7 days ago

The strategy is specifically designed to steer the nation toward the dual goal of having universal access to energy by the year 2030.

jdpumping
Member
7 days ago

Can kerosene be phased out by 2030 if it is done all well and good but can the government be trusted….I don’t think so,with exhorbitant prices of things used in cooking.

Tonerol10
Member
7 days ago

Well is a good plan but how sure is this government plan on phased out of kerosene. Because this government sabi promise and mouth making. We are watching oo

Haykaylyon26
Member
7 days ago

The energy plan is a good plan and will also help in climate change to secure the environment if kerosene is phased out because of the energy plan hope this plan is a good one and bring positive outcome

jdpumping
Member
7 days ago

I hope it will be achievable for kerosene to be phased out in my dear country,the government just seem to do things anyhow,I just hope the plan is done to the latter.

Abusi
Member
7 days ago

This energy plan is actually necessary for the climate change. This is to reduce the greenhouse gaseous emissions which in turn affect the atmosphere and environment. If kerosene will be phased out because of this, then they should ensure a replacement that won’t affect the atmosphere is made available.

Adeolastan
Member
8 days ago

Kerosene been phase out Nigeria by 2030 is not visible 💯% ,more than 70% of Nigeria live below average of 1 Dollar per day,this mean for someone that earn such amount will not be able to maintain porch life.