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6,000Mw: Gas flaring ends December, says Minister

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA—In its determination to deliver to Nigerians 6,000 megawatts in December, and to reduce green house emission, the Federal Government has vowed to end all gas flaring in the country by end of this year.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse who disclosed this in a joint press briefing at the end of 16th EU-ECOWAS Ministerial troika meeting yesterday in Abuja, said all oil companies had been notified.

“By the end of this year, there will be no gas flaring by any oil company in Nigeria. This will enable us tackle climate change and to develop our local plants and meet up with the 6,000 megawatts plants as promised.

“Oil operators have gotten all the technical know-how and I believe they will meet the deadline. So there is no fear, because we have given them notice long time ago”, he said.

Still on climate change, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sweden, Mr. Frank Belfrage, said both parties at the end of the meting agreed that global temperature should not exceed 2 degrees C.

“To this end the parties expressed their determination to set up the pace of negotiation in order to reach a positive and ambitious outcome, including a shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, technology development and transfer, and financial resources at the 15th conference of the parties to UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December this year.

“The parties stressed that developed countries should continue to take the lead by committing to deep emission reduction cuts in the medium and longer term and to the provision of capacity building, financing and technology to put developing countries on low-carbon development path and to help them adapt to unavoidable harmful consequences of climate change”, he added.

On ECOWAS stand-by-force, whose full validation had originally been envisaged for 2010 in the roadmap of the African stand by force, both parties at the end of the meeting welcomed the logistic exercise that was carried out towards full operational capability of the Force.

They also noted that detailed planning, elaboration of clear objectives and associated priorities in line with agreed polices is utmost importance to make further progress and allow for focused, harmonized support by partners.

“This include the scaling up efforts to bring the development of the all-important police and civilian components up to speed with the military component thus ensuring an integrated approach and allowing an effective and flexible right-based response to possible crisis”, said the statement.”


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