President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a new plan under a revamped policy to phase out kerosene use in Nigeria by 2030.
Buhari said it is part of Nigeria’s commitment to a safer and healthier global climate, which he revealed during a virtual conference held by US President Joe Biden on the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF).
According to Channels Television, the President also listed the country’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which includes increasing the use of bus rapid transit as a mode of public transportation, reducing the fraction of crop residues burned by half by 2030, and implementing forest programs.
He explained that the NDC is a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change commitment that was submitted to replace the interim contribution due on May 27, 2021.
The federal government began a new policy draft known as the National strategic policy for LPG in 2012, in collaboration with stakeholders in the petroleum industry, to phase out kerosene and firewood use in the country and replace it with cooking gas as an alternative, but that policy has yet to crystallize ten years later.