Nigeria is faced with an energy supply crisis. About 47% of Nigerians do not have access to grid electricity and those who do have access, face regular power cuts. But is coal the right option to bridge this energy gap? Definitely No!
Coal mining activities taking place in Nigeria are associated with air, water and soil pollution a leading cause of health issues among local communities living adjacent to coal mines. Coal mining companies have also short-changed local communities by not honoring economic and social agreements entered into.
While governments around the world are switching to more clean, efficient, and sustainable energy solutions, there is no valid argument to explore coal options. Nigeria is now in a position to switch to more viable forms of energy instead of relying on fossil fuels that cause irreversible harm to the ecosystem.
The Federal Government of Nigeria as a signatory to the Paris Agreement ,has an obligation to reduce its carbon emission and this includes among several other actions the outright ban on coal mining in Nigeria.
We are therefore urging all fellow citizens of Nigeria, and Global citizens at large, to sign this petition in the hope of stopping new coal plants in Nigeria by helping us demand that the Federal Ministry of Mines completely phases out the issuance of coal mining licenses in Nigeria
It’s time for Nigerians to stand up for the planet! Demand that coal mining be banned in Nigeria. It is time to usher in sustainable energy use, such as wind and solar that is abundant in Nigeria. #CoalFreeNigeria
- The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to stop the issuance of licenses for coal mining in Nigeria immediately.
- The Federal Ministry of Environment/NESREA should immediately carry out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment on all the coal mining sites in Nigeria and adequately address the level of human and environmental violation brought about by coal mining
- The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development should urgently review all the Community Development Agreements signed between the coal mining communities and the Mining companies and ensure promises to the communities are fulfilled
- The Federal Government of Nigeria should accelerate the national plans to a rapid, just transition towards 100% renewable energy for all Nigerians.
- The Federal Government of Nigeria should abide by their commitments to the Paris Agreement which requires phased reduction of Greenhouse gases such as coal fired plants by 2030
- All mining operations in Nigeria undertaken by multinational companies should adhere to the UN Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights