December 2, 2022

Plateau State to pilot transition to Green Economy in Nigeria

Tearfund Nigeria, a nongovernmental organization has selected Plateau as a pilot state to involve a strategy of transiting from the traditional way of relying on federal allocation to an internal innovative approach that will make the state economically viable and in turn change the narrative in the country.

The Process which is tagged “Re-imagine Plateau, shift from “Brown Agenda” to “Green Agenda” in partnership with Plateau State Government through the office of the Chief Technical Advisor, Program Management and Result Delivery Office, Jos PMEDO and Tearfud Partners kick started with critical stakeholders from 7 Government Ministries, Agencies and the private sectors to brainstorm on the process.

The two day event which was held at Novel Suites, Rayfield Jos, had identified critical stakeholders like Commissioners and Directors of the seven driving Ministries and the private sectors partners to brainstorm the process in order to come up with a way forward resolution.

In a presentation at the event, Mr. Ben Osawe of Tearfund reminded the participants on the global shift from Oil and Gas and charged them to develop an economic plan for the state based on the rich human and material resources the state is endowed with to take it out of dependence on Federal allocation to a viable State that others will learn from.

Mr. Osawe explained that with the challenges of drop in oil prices globally, climate change, recession, COVID19 and growing unemployment that have posed great dangers to the future economy, more innovations are needed to develop by the state to stand the taste of time.

While noting that Plateau state has an advantage opportunities if properly harnessed, Mr. Osawe urged the participants to identify the opportunities and enabling conditions for transition to Green Growth path across sectors like “Water Resources and Energy, Environment, Tourism, Transport, Housing, Urban Development, Agriculture, Mining among others and identify approaches to overcoming barriers to the transition plan.

In a welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Evangelical Fellowship, Akinyele James noted that the transition plan to green economy will make the state dependable and build the future of the state for the benefit of the unborn.

The Chief Technical Advisor to the Plateau state government on Program Management and Result Delivery Office, Engineer David Jaafaru Wuyep noted that Plateau State had her own development strategy plan for 2019 to 2023 and is collaborating with the development partners in working out a strategy for the state towards a green economy.

He urged the pubic to key into the initiative by playing their part to achieve the desired goal in the under listed major sectors, adding that the public needs to look inwards to contribute through intellectual or manual skills to improve the growth of the state and the well being of the citizenry.

State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Environment, Dayyabu Garga and his counterpart from Transport, advocated the need for citizens to embrace the project and take ownership by showing more commitment in changing the narrative to achieve the transition process.

The two day event later progressed to technical sessions where all the development units brainstormed by analyzing the possibilities and barriers to the transition process. In the end, they are expected to come up with a road map that will see the state ahead of others in economic development.

Participants in a group photo after the meeting