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FG to roll out 1,000 electric buses in the next year

Electric buses lure Nigerian policy makers despite roadblocks

Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has assured Nigerians on the federal government’s commitment to launch 100 electric buses next year, with additional plans to scale up the fleet to 1,000 electric buses. This move is part of Nigeria’s proactive stance in addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change.

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This came to the fore at the ongoing 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Dubai.

Highlighting Nigeria’s leadership role in combatting climate change in Africa, Tuggar emphasized the nation’s pragmatic goals, solidified through a Climate Change Act and overseen by the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).

“Nigeria has hit the ground running, transforming our commitments into tangible climate action,” affirmed Tuggar, stressing the pivotal role of collaboration, innovation, and shared responsibility in tackling the escalating climate crisis.

The announcement, as conveyed by a statement from Alkasim Abdulkadir, the Special Adviser on Media and Communications Strategy, underscored the administration’s commitment to green initiatives, job creation, and industrialization.

Minister Tuggar’s vision aims to position Nigeria as the African leader with the largest electric mass transit fleet, contributing significantly to emissions reduction.

Tuggar, acknowledging the severity of the climate emergency, drew attention to the global impact on vulnerable communities and ecosystems. Urging nations to uphold the principles outlined in the Paris Agreement, he called for ambitious and transparent climate targets.

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Reaffirming Nigeria’s dedication, Tuggar said Nigeris is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060, urging international collaboration to transcend political differences for immediate climate solutions.