- Seeks deeper ties with US over energy transition
The President, Bola Tinubu, has approved the immediate dissolution of the Governing Boards of all Federal Government parastatals, agencies, Institutions, and government-owned Companies.
A statement released on Monday by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, said boards commissions, and councils listed in the third schedule, part one section 153 (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are excluded from the president’s directive…..CONTINUE READING
However, the Nigeria Judicial Council, Code of Conduct Bureau; Council of State; Federal Character Commission; Federal Civil Service Commission; Independent National Electoral Commission; National Population Commission; Police Service Commission; and Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission are part of the agencies excluded from the directive.
“In view of this development and until such a time new boards are constituted, the Chief Executive Officers of the Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions, and Government-Owned Companies are directed to refer matters requiring the attention of their Boards to the President, through the Permanent Secretaries of their respective supervisory Ministries and Offices,” the statement added.
Bassey also said Permanent Secretaries had been instructed to direct all correspondence to the president since last Friday.
He said, “Permanent Secretaries are directed, also, to route such correspondences to Mr. President through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Consequently, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies are to ensure compliance with the provision of this directive which took effect from Friday, June 16, 2023.
“Permanent Secretaries are particularly directed to inform the Chief Executive Officers of the affected Agencies under the supervision of their respective Ministries/Offices for immediate compliance.”
President Tinubu has also called for an equitable balance between fossil fuel and green energy in the race for the energy transition.
He likewise urged the United States and other developed nations not to forget Nigeria and Africa’s challenge with poverty as the world transitions into clean energy.
“The new energy we are talking about represents just five per cent of global energy requirements. We must find the right balance between new energy and fossil fuel because we have the problem of poverty in Africa,” Tinubu said during a meeting with the United States Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources, Geoffrey Praytt, at the State House, Abuja.
The Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Dele Alake, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Monday.
President Tinubu presented his perspectives to the US delegation on the role of Nigeria as an oil-producing country and the importance of revenue from fossil oil to national economic well-being.
“Nigeria is an oil-producing nation and a developing economy that needs revenue from fossil fuel for growth and development,” he stressed.
The President assured that the country will honour all its obligations to climate change and the quest for clean energy.
Therefore, Tinubu appealed to the United States and other developed nations to recognise that Nigeria and Africa have the challenge of poverty that must be addressed, insisting that in the race for energy transition, the world must have the right balance between fossil fuel and green energy.
On the nexus between the problem of poverty in Africa and the fragility of democracy on the continent, President Tinubu admonished the United States to work with Nigeria to protect the government of the people.
He also urged the Assistant Secretary of State to impress on his home government the urgency of responding to the needs of Nigeria.
Tinubu stated further, “Our democracy needs protection like all other democracies in the world. We cherish our partnership with the US. My concern is whether the United States is giving us enough as much as we need.
“The US should not make us hungry to the point we will have to eat the dinner of our enemy,” said the President.
He maintained that Nigeria needs the funding and support to drive and accelerate her energy diversification, saying, “There are bottlenecks that must be unbottled in terms of how the US bureaucracy responds to our needs. Help must be given when it is needed.”
“We are ready to learn and develop to join the 21st century economy. Please take it home that we need help and very quickly too. I am honoured with your recognition of the baby steps we have taken so far. I want to assure you that Nigeria will honour her obligations on climate change and renewables,” the President stressed.
Ambassador Praytt, in his remarks, extolled the bold economic initiatives already taken by the Tinubu administration, especially with respect to fuel subsidy removal and the unification of multiple foreign exchange rates.
He said he is in the country partly to inform the President that President Joe Biden is in support of the steps taken so far by Nigeria to reduce the impact of fossil fuel.
Praytt noted, “We are opening a new page in US relations with Nigeria. Nigeria is taking important steps in growing renewable energy to meet the needs of her citizens.
“We are very happy with our work with NNPCL and your team. Your new Special Adviser on Energy is already doing very well,” the US Envoy lauded…..CONTINUE READING