The Federal Government has revealed that $410 billion will be needed by 2060 to address Nigeria’s energy constraints and policy flexibility.
It stated that $10 billion will be required each year to carry out the transformation strategy.
Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, declared this at the 7th Meeting of the National Council on Hydrocarbons in Minna, Niger State, represented by Permanent Secretary Gabriel Tanimu Aduda.
Speaking on the theme, Roadmap and Strategic Option Towards Achieving Energy Transition in Nigeria, Sylva explained that the country is committed to achieving carbon neutrality, ending energy poverty by lifting 100 million people out of poverty and driving economic growth.
“Nigeria will be one of the 50 to have launched its guidelines for the management of fugitive methane and greenhouse gases emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector latest this year.
“Hence, the gathering of experts and policy makers in energy sector was designed to discuss and review energy related issues, identified opportunities, problems to proffers solutions in line with global best practices,” he revealed.”
The minister also disclosed that the country, through the Solid Minerals Development Fund is on the verge of unveiling its cutting edge technology in gold mining to eliminate harmful reagents, use of cyanide for human and environmentally friendly practices.
On Hydro carbons deposit in the Bida basin-, Sylva added, “thirty-four memorandums were received, seven were merged while eleven were stepped down. The memos were presented to the council for consideration that the Niger State has large quantity of solid resources and hydrocarbon deposit in commercial quantity”.
Also, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in his address said the state has commercial deposit of hydrocarbons in Bida Basin sequel to the progressive reports and findings of the consultants from IBBU Lapai and FUT Minna.
Bello who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government SSG Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim Matane appealed to the relevant agencies to expedite actions on the exploration in the Bida Basin for optimal benefits.