Vice President Kashim Shettima highlighted Nigeria’s huge potentials in digital technology, outsourcing, and clean energy sector, emphasizing that these factors will attract investments as part of the country’s energy transition plan and economic diversification agenda.
He said this on Monday, when he received Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jorgensen, on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa.
The Vice President noted that investments in digital technology, clean energy and other sectors had become a priority as a result of the dwindling fortunes of the oil economy.
He identified sustainable energy as a key driver for Africa’s transformation and sought support from Denmark and the Global Centre on Adaptation for Africa and Nigeria’s Climate Action to accelerate climate action and adaptation solutions.
Shettima emphasized on the president’s zeal despite challenges by saying, “We are facing challenges but where there is a will, there is a way. The President is a man imbued with precision, passion, intellect, and capacity to lead the nation on the path of prosperity and progress. He really wants to bring a new lease of life to the Nigerian nation because if Nigeria works, Africa works.
Shattima made mention of the relevance of oil as the key driver of the economy. Nevertheless he expressed his fear of the role of oil diminishing with time, this calls for the need to diversify and develop other sectors, such as the digital technology,clean energy and the likes. He used the opportunity to solicit for support from the Centre to accelarate climate action and to hasten adaptation to solutions, focusing on the most vulnerable Africans.
Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jorgensen, expressed admiration for Nigeria’s leadership and commitment to climate sustainability.
He noted that Nigeria’s leadership role in addressing regional stability and its commitment to a just energy transition present significant opportunities for further collaboration between Denmark and Nigeria.