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ERA/FoEN decries African leaders’ delay in embracing renewable energy


ERA/FOEN Executive Director,Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo

As pirates abduct five persons in Rivers

Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, yesterday, decried delay by African countries to embrace renewable energy sources.

He said renewable energy would enable the continent to catch up with the global cleaner energy trend, as against their continued reliance on fossil fuels.

Ojo stated this at a two-day pre-conference and General Assembly Capacity building workshop on climate justice in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with the theme: Transitional Justice And Nigeria Beyond Oil: Scorecard For Ogoniland Cleanup.


He lamented that African leaders were too slow in investing in solar energy, noting that time was fast running out on them and charged them to be more pragmatic in their decisions to join the renewable energy trend.

He stressed that it was important for African countries, especially Nigeria to divest from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Ojo further pointed out that whereas countries were making comprehensive plans to transit from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and cleaner technologies by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Nigeria was still seeking investments for crude oil exploration.

IN another development, pirates, yesterday, abducted five persons on the Bonny high sea, close to the Federal Ocean Terminal in Onne, Rivers State.

A police source, who confirmed the incident in Bonny, said five persons were kidnapped in a 10-passenger speedboat around 7.30a.m. after Onne River on Tuesday morning.


The source disclosed that the victims comprised two females and three males, adding that the boat driver had reported the incident to the Marine Police in Port Harcourt, saying that efforts were being made to rescue the victims.

He told The Guardian that the victims boarded an outboard engine powered speedboat that carries 10 passengers and that it was on its way to Port Harcourt, when the incident happened.

The source said five of the passengers were abducted, while the other passengers were allowed to continue their journey to Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Police Command Public Relation Officer, Nnmadi Omoni, did not respond to calls made to his mobile telephone at the time of filing this story.


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